Published: 17th Jun 2019

Eight urban areas are joining forces in a ‘pioneering’ £11m programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. The initiative has been launched by the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with support from the government, and aims to ‘secure the future’ of the UK’s urban green spaces. The Future Parks initiative is investing more than £6m of National Lottery and government funding, and £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management from the National Trust. All winning bids demonstrated four key themes: making green spaces central to everyday community life; giving the public a bigger role in how they are managed; ensuring they contribute more to the public’s mental and physical health; and transforming the way they are funded to secure their futures. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)