The Parks and Green Space Network met on 13 January to review progress and and shape plans for 2021-22

Nene Park
Nene Park, Peterborough. Photo: Paul Upward Photography

On Wednesday 13 January 2021, the Parks and Green Space Network met to review progress since its inception and plan for the coming two years.

The Network’s mission is to work collaboratively and inclusively across the green space sector, promoting parks and green spaces at local, regional, and UK levels. Its three main goals are to provide the sector with leadership; create a professional home for parks professionals; and facilitate the spread of knowledge and good practice.

The Network met to update on progress on the objectives agreed in July, and to help shape priorities and input into policy and resourcing decisions for 2021-22. Over 40 members from across the sector participated.

Lillian Greenwood MP, chair of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Parks and Green Spaces, opened the conference:

Conference highlights

  • Contribution to ongoing work on a new professional development programme for parks managers
  • Scoping potential sector leadership work on parks and natural capital, and how parks can help tackle inequality
  • Hearing about the new International Green Space Resource Hub from partners Green Flag Award, as well as a prototype Research Hub aimed at bringing academic and practice communities in green space closer together

Next steps for the Network

  • Developing the Network further, including launching a new website, creating a community platform for Network members, and publishing a newsletter for the green space sector
  • Continuing the work with partners on developing a professional home for parks professionals, including the creation of a professional development programme offer
  • Finalising the plans for sector leadership work on natural capital and inequality
  • Working with Keep Britain Tidy to support the development of the Resource Hub and the Research Hub

For more information on the Network, or to get involved, please contact parks development manager Robert Pearce or membership development manager Laura Schofield.

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