Published: 23rd Jan 2012

It’s almost a year since Groundwork launched its Greener Neighbourhoods report and threw down the gauntlet to people to love or lose their local green spaces. Part of our response to this challenge was the Urban Oasis campaign, developed as the likely scale of public finance cuts became apparent. We predicted that the maintenance of parks and public spaces would suffer as belts were tightened across the public sector. Twelve months on and the picture has come very sharply into focus. The state continues to retreat from green space management, provoking dismay and anger in equal measure. Who could forget the furore over the mere suggestion of selling off swathes of our nation’s forestry, or the threatened repeal of the 1908 Allotments and Small Holdings Act, which would have removed the obligation of local authorities to provide allotments – real ‘growth areas’ if you will? As I said at the time, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)