Important parks survey – deadline extended to 6th May

Do get your Friends Group to respond to this survey as increasing numbers of parks come under threat …….

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES

The umbrella organisation amplifying the voices of the 5,000-strong Local Friends Groups’ movement throughout the UK

<http://www.natfedparks.org.uk>www.natfedparks.org.uk

 

Important survey for all Friends Groups to evaluate the State of Parks in the UK

Click here to start the survey – deadline extended to Friday 6th May:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145856072517

The condition, funding and future of the UK’s public parks is coming under fresh scrutiny, two years after the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) groundbreaking State of UK Parks report. The Report, published in June 2014, revealed a growing underfunding crisis across the UK, and a risk that some parks could become no-go areas or even sold off, with:

* 86% of parks managers reporting cuts to revenue budgets;

* 45% of local authorities considering either selling parks and green spaces or transferring their management to others; and

* 81% of council parks departments having lost skilled management staff.

Half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup is for the chop after Bexley Council approved the sell-off proposal. (Photo: Chris Rose)

Half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup is for the chop after Bexley Council approved the sell-off proposal. (Photo: Chris Rose)

We at the National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces (NFPGS), in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, are now asking all Friends Groups across the UK to complete this survey to help assess how our parks are faring in the current economic climate.

Please take the time (10-15mins) to fill out this survey, as it is very important and the report will be read by decision makers and will have an impact on our open green spaces.

Click here to start the survey.

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145856072517

There is the ability to save your responses and a reference copy of the survey can be downloaded from the website:

http://www.stateofukparks.org.uk

I do hope that you all take time to fill out this survey.

Thanks a lot. Sarah Royal (CEO) and Dave Morris (Chair), NFPGS

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