Manifesto for Public Parks launched by Fields in Trust

UK-wide green space charity Fields in Trust has launched a “Manifesto for Parks” in advance of the General Election on June 8th calling on the next government to recognise the vital contribution that parks and playing fields make to the physical health and mental wellbeing of our communities.

In recent months, the nation’s green spaces have had significant political attention through the Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Committee Inquiry and its subsequent report into Public Parks, yet the dissolution of Parliament, before CLG Parks Minister Andrew Percy has formally responded to the report, risks the loss of impetus and the issue being overlooked in a crowded legislative programme of the next Parliament.

As an advocate for parks, playing fields and recreation grounds Fields in Trust has published a “Manifesto” which identifies four “green line” issues, Fields in Trust asks voters to challenge prospective parliamentary candidates on their support for parks during the campaign. The manifesto calls for a re-valuing of green spaces, to take account, not just of the cost of upkeep, but the vital contribution parks make to health, wellbeing and community cohesion – and to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations.

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