Please support and publicise the UK Parks Petition
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Help prevent the slide into crisis of the UK’s green spaces
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Parks and green spaces are an essential and unique resource and service, vital to every local community and serving a wide range of important needs for people of all ages and interests.

However, the June 2014 State of UK Public Parks - Renaissance to Risk? report by the Heritage Lottery Fund documented the alarming slide into a long-term crisis being caused by the underfunding of the UK’s parks. It is hoped that this very important and timely document will inform and influence all decision-making on the future of our green spaces. We are now at a tipping point. It is up to all those who know and care to raise their voices together.

We must ensure green spaces continue to fulfill their potential for everyone now and in the future. The inspirational rise of the Friends Groups movement over the last 15 years (with now over 5,000 groups), and the hard work and expertise of green space staff, managers and professionals, has demonstrated the commitment of the public and the green space sector. We believe that there must now be an equivalent recognition and commitment from the political parties and the next Government.

The full text of the petition is shown below…

Protect and invest in the UK’s public green spaces. Halt the slide into crisis.

The next Government, in 2015, must:

  • hold a national inquiry into the funding and management of the UK’s green spaces
  • bring in a statutory duty to monitor and manage these spaces to Green Flag Award standard
  • ensure adequate public resources for all green spaces

We call for all political parties to include these policies in their election manifestos.

Our local green spaces are vital for everyone and every community, and for all age groups and interests!  They are an essential and unique service promoting relaxation, recreation and play, wildlife and bio-diversity, green jobs and skills, heritage, flood control, health and social well-being, and community cohesion.

However, there is growing alarm from the public, from Friends of Parks groups, and from parks managers, about the serious long-term damage being caused by dramatic cuts to green space budgets for staff and maintenance, and the lack of funding and investment by local and national government. If not reversed, this neglect will cause them to go into decline and become problem spaces abandoned by park users and plagued by vandalism.

This unfolding slide into crisis must be halted. It’s time for action.