Park-promoting charity GreenSpace ceases trading
The charity blames its decision to wind down its activities on devastating budget cuts to local authority funds and the reduction in government grant, and resulting cuts to parks services.
It had 10 working days from Monday 18 March to ‘seek to identify organisations that want to take on any or all of its assets or intellectual property’. Trustees and staff are proud of all the work that GreenSpace has done over the years and, in particular, would like to thank everyone who has supported and worked with the charity, said a spokesperson. ‘We feel we have made a significant contribution, encouraging both practitioners and communities to work together towards the common aim of improving their local places.’
GreenSpace has partnered organisations and communities across the country to create Love Parks Week, to champion quality parks with its support for Green Flag, and has helped communities have their say on their local park, through the GreenSTAT online system. ‘More recently we have encouraged cities to look at new ways of raising monies and created the GreenPlaces Fund which we hope may continue with another organisation,’ says chair of trustees Michael Rowan.
‘In this time of austerity,’ he adds, ‘parks and green spaces remain an essential asset to every city, providing a place for everyone to exercise and enjoy.’