State of the UK's Public Parks

Our State of Public Parks report 2016
We regularly carry out research to understand the particular pressures felt by public parks and how park services are adapting to meet these challenges.

We have just published our latest State of UK Public Parks 2016 report which updates the previous study undertaken in 2014.

State of the UK's Public Parks 2016

Based on new surveys, the research calls for collaborative action to deliver new ways of funding and managing public parks to avert a crisis.

Without urgent action the continuing downward trend in the condition of many of our most treasured parks and green spaces is set to continue.  Whilst new ways of working and generating income are showing potential, more support, shared learning and collaboration is needed to support those that manage public parks.  

Read the summary report.

State of the UK's Public Parks 2014

Based on surveys of park managers, friends groups, park trusts and the general public, the research establishes a benchmark on the condition of the UK’s public parks and shows that parks are under threat as financial and staff resources become scarce. It also looks at how the quality and nature of parks might change in the future and makes suggestions for action and better ways of working.

Read the summary report.

Rethinking Parks

To support those exploring new approaches to financing and managing parks, HLF, Big Lottery Fund England and innovation charity Nesta, ran the Rethinking Parks programme which concluded in early 2016. The programme helped 11 projects to develop, explore and test new ideas. Learning from the projects can be found on the Nesta Rethinking Parks page.

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