Published: 20th Sep 2017

The government has announced details of a new parks action group, which will help address some of the issues faced by parks and green spaces across England. The group will be chaired by local government minister Marcus Jones and include representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Groundwork and Fields in Trust, among other organisations. According to a government statement, the group will have £500,000 in funding to kick-start their work and the group’s recommendations will be implemented through a cross-government group, bringing together various Whitehall departments, including the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. ‘We recognise the value of parks and green spaces to local communities, including reducing loneliness, increasing wellbeing, and revitalising town and city centres,’ said Mr Jones. ‘But we need to do more to make sure future generations are continuing to enjoy their benefits,’ he added. ‘That is why we have … (To read the full article, subscribe below)