Charter for Parks – Support Takes Off
There is continued momentum to support the Charter for Parks with another eleven national organisations signing up. New signatories include: The Open Spaces Society, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Urban Bee Keepers Association, Lantra, MyParkScotland, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Trees for Cities, Keep Scotland Beautiful and The Soil Association. The founding members are: This takes the total number of signatory organisations to over 140 – an amazing response.
Partners are continuing to call upon organisations to support this effort; access to quality parks, green and blue spaces underpin so many programmes and agendas for communities. We know different sectors need access to our parks and green spaces in order to achieve their organisational aims.
The Charter was submitted to the Parks Minister and received a written response, which can be downloaded from the shared drive.
The NFPGS work hard, nationally as described above, building support for parks and working to achieve fair funding and protection for these important public assets. Plus, our committee people and area-members work locally, organising meetings, AGM’s, training and projects, achieving funding and building strong community networks.Countryfile (BBC1) Focuses on Country Parks & Features the
On 12th August the Countryfile programme on prime time BBC1 contained 2 substantial and thought-provoking pieces about the beauty and importance of the UK’s 400 country parks, the financial crisis affecting them due to Councils being forced to make cuts, and the long term threats such parks therefore face. It featured prominently the Parks Charter calling for urgent Government action for all public parks and green spaces, as articulated superbly by a representative of the Open Spaces Society.
Click here and scroll along to 7mins 30 secs into the programme, continuing to 15mins in. The Parks Charter and a run through of all the national organisations* supporting it starts around 13mins in. The second piece focuses on the threat of sell-offs of country parks and associated controversies – scroll along from 29mins to 34mins.
Please spread the word, calling for all organisations who care about our public green spaces to back the Charter – info and online sign up here
* National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, Friends of the Earth, Keep Britain Tidy, Unison, 38 Degrees, The Parks Agency, Fields In Trust, Llais y Goedwig, The Gardens, The Parks Alliance, Greenspace Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers, The Open Spaces Society, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Urban Bee Keepers Association, Lantra, MyParkScotland, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Trees for Cities, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Soil Association