UK Parks Petition ‘SAVE OUR PARKS’ led by NFPGS
The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces’ petition calls on the next Government, in 2015, to:
- hold a national inquiry into the funding and management of the UK’s green spaces
- bring in a statutory duty to monitor and manage these spaces to Green Flag Award standard
- ensure adequate public resources for all green spaces
The organisation calls for all political parties to include these policies in their election manifestos.
They argue our local green spaces are vital for everyone and every community, and for all age groups and interests. They are an essential and unique service promoting relaxation, recreation and play, wildlife and bio-diversity, green jobs and skills, heritage, flood control, health and social well-being, and community cohesion.
However, there is growing alarm from the public, from Friends of Parks groups, and from parks managers, about the serious long-term damage being caused by dramatic cuts to green space budgets for staff and maintenance, and the lack of funding and investment by local and national government. If not reversed, the group feel this neglect will cause them to go into decline and become problem spaces abandoned by park users and plagued by vandalism.