Action on Parks Conference

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES – www.natfedparks.org.uk 

Invitation forwarded to Friends of Parks Forums for reps to attend

Action on Parks Conference: Thurs May 24th – Westminster, London

At: LGA, 18 Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HZ

Organised and hosted by the Local Government Association

Book here: https://lgaevents.local.gov.uk/lga/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=170143&eventID=512&traceRedir=2

Friends of Parks Groups welcome to attend for free. Register at the above link, and enter the promotional code ‘Park18’ or ‘Parks18’ to ‘update’ the entry fee details.

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.30 Chair’s opening remarks
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair, LGA Culture, Tourism and Sport Board
10.35 Setting the scene – the CLG Select Committee Inquiry

Clive Betts MP, Chair, Communities and Local Government Select Committee

Questions and discussion

10.50 Ministerial address – the Government response

Rishi Sunak MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Questions and discussion

11.05 A council perspective
Chris Worman MBE
, Parks and Grounds Manager, Rugby Borough Council
Questions and discussion
11.30 Workshop sessions round 1

WS1: Vision for parks and green spaces

Matthew Bradbury, Chair, Parks Alliance and Chief Executive, Nene Park Trust

WS2: Empowering local communities
Dave Morris
, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

WS3: Standards

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust
Carl McClean
, International Development Manager, Keep Britain Tidy

12.00 Workshop sessions round 1 (repeated)
12.35 Active Parks

Karen Creavin, Chief Executive, The Active Wellbeing Society

Questions and discussion

12.55 Lunch and networking
1.40 Natural Capital

Questions and discussion

2.00 Rethinking Parks
Alice Casey
, Senior Development Manager, Nesta 

Questions and discussion

2.20 Connecting people with the environment

Dave Solly, Senior Adviser, Green Infrastructure, Natural England

Questions and discussion

2.40 Workshop sessions round 3

WS4: A systems change for parks
Nick Grayson, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Birmingham City Council


WS5: Skills and sector knowledge

Eddie Curry, Head of Parks and Open Spaces, Nottingham City Council
Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, Association of Public Sector Excellence

WS6: Using Parks and Green Spaces Effectively

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive, Groundwork UK

3.10 Workshop sessions round 3 (repeated)
3.45 Close of conference

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