Parks Alliance response to Learning to Rethink Parks report
Mark Camley, Chair of The Parks Alliance, the national voice of UK parks, said: “The Parks Alliance welcomes the report, which makes an important contribution to maintaining and creating future parks. There is no single solution to financing parks. The sector had been struggling with a new funding model for the last 10 to 15 years and with no ‘silver bullet’ - governance, leadership and collaboration are key. All of us who love parks should support the sector to try new business models and be brave enough to accept that some might not work. To fail fast, fail forward.
“One of the report’s recommendations is for park teams to involve more people and the Parks Alliance is seeking to reach out and create space for further and greater community involvement. We have already established a project that will provide a model for establishing a wider connected community network of those who support the aims of the Alliance. We hope to reveal findings of the project soon and use these to take the work of the Alliance forward.”
The Parks Alliance is the voice of UK parks, representing the people and organisations that create, maintain, invest in and use the public green spaces that we are proud to have at the heart of British life. Its objective is to promote and protect the public parks we are proud to have at the heart of UK life and culture. The UK-wide Alliance includes 40 organisations and senior park industry figures from local government parks services, private contractors, industry bodies, NGOs and volunteer and park friends groups.
Learning to Rethink Parks report: https://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/learningtorethinkparks.pdf