Parks

Counties warn about service closures during coronavirus

30/03/2020

Councils are being forced to close or reduce more services in order to divert resources to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils across the UK close parks to limit spread of coronavirus

23/03/2020

Councils have been forced to close parks and other public spaces in a bid to protect people from coronavirus.

Community groups get £1.35m to create ‘pocket parks’

03/03/2020

Dozens of community groups will receive funding to transform neglected urban spaces into ‘thriving green havens’, the Government has announced.

Last chance to enter the Street Design Awards

25/02/2020

There are only a few days left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020.

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 2020

30/01/2020

There is now only a month left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020, which celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Council adopts new grass cutting approach to save bees

02/12/2019

Hertfordshire County Council is set to try out a new approach to grass cutting in an attempt to preserve wildflowers and the bees who rely on them.

Hedges around parks can halve pollution, study finds

21/11/2019

Planting a hedge in front of a park can cut air pollution in half, a new study has found.

Council accidentally cuts down 800 young trees

20/11/2019

Reading Borough Council has apologised to community volunteers after accidentally digging up hundreds of newly planted saplings.

The launch of the 2020 Street Design Awards

05/11/2019

The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Council chiefs sceptical of £1.35m parks fund

28/10/2019

Local government leaders call for ‘long-term, sustainable funding’ to support green spaces in response to the Government’s launch of a £1.35m pocket parks fund.

A quarter of London’s parks have unsafe air quality

11/10/2019

One in four of green spaces in London breach safety limits for air quality, new analysis has revealed.

New financial model needed for national parks, review says

23/09/2019

A review of the way in which green spaces are managed could see more affordable housing built in rural areas and the introduction of a new financial model for national parks.

Government welcomes plans to create West Midlands national park

08/08/2019

Whitehall has welcomed proposals to create a new West Midlands urban national park that would span more than seven cities and open up hundreds of miles of green space.

London becomes world's first capital to achieve National Park City status

22/07/2019

London has become the first capital city in the world to be named as a National Park City.

Neighbourhood services cut by £8.9bn

22/07/2019

Funding for neighbourhood services across Britain has fallen 27% over the last decade, according to new research.

Report explores how public donations could protect future of parks

18/07/2019

Charitable donations could help protect the future of the UK’s parks and green spaces, a new report has found.

Parents urged to find time to take kids to the park

16/07/2019

Three-quarters of children would like to spend more time outdoors, according to a new survey published to coincide with Love Parks Week.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Urban Green Space Commended: Mitre Square, City of London Corporation

26/06/2019

Mitre Square in London has been commended in the urban green space category of the Street Design Awards.

Urban Green Space Highly Commended: Grantham Green, Eastleigh Borough Council

26/06/2019

This year's highly commended of the Urban Green Space category is Eastleigh Borough Council for its Grantham Green project.

Urban Green Space Winner: Muslim War Cemetery Peace Garden, The terra firma Consultancy and Woking Borough Council

25/06/2019

The regeneration of the Muslim War Cemetery Peace Garden in Woking has been crowned the winner of the Urban Green Space category.

Parks in danger of being sold, campaigners warn

23/05/2019

Campaigners are calling on local government and landowners to legally protect the parks and green spaces they own.

Play as a powerful motivator

26/04/2019

Beth Cooper explores the value of play and green places in preserving the nation’s health.

Nearly £4m made available for 'pocket parks'

26/03/2019

Over 40 derelict urban spaces across the country are to benefit from the Government’s multi-million pound pocket park fund.

Brokenshire announces £13m of ‘much-needed’ park funding

18/02/2019

Councils across the country are to benefit from a multi-million pound funding boost to ‘breathe new life’ into green spaces.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole

01/02/2019

Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

Launch of the 2019 Street Design Awards

07/12/2018

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes across the UK, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Whitehall announces £1m ‘pocket park’ fund

05/12/2018

Community groups can bid for a share of a £1m fund to help them develop ‘pocket parks’.

Councils face calls to ban 'dangerous' weedkiller

14/08/2018

Councils are facing calls to ban the use of a controversial weedkiller after a landmark legal decision in the US.

Charities to give parks a £1.5m ‘innovation boost’

23/07/2018

Local authorities and other organisations have received a £1.5m ‘innovation boost’ in order to help them find new ways to sustainably run parks.

Councils could save thousands with ‘bee-friendly’ policies

18/07/2018

Local authorities can save thousands of pounds by adopting ‘bee-friendly’ grass cutting plans, campaigners say.

Nearly 2,000 green spaces celebrated in Green Flag Awards

17/07/2018

From traditional parks to burial sites, a record number of green spaces have been awarded a Green Flag this year.

What future for our parks?

02/07/2018

A survey has revealed 85% of councils expect to cut budgets for parks in the next five years. Mark Whitehead finds out what impact this will have on council-owned green spaces.

Councils slash £15m from parks budgets

21/06/2018

Parks and green spaces are falling into ‘disrepair’ because of budget cuts, freedom of information requests reveal.

Council drops plans to sell 10% of its parks

12/06/2018

Knowsley Council has agreed to drop proposals to sell 10% of the borough’s parks.

Parks provide over £34bn of health benefits, report says

08/05/2018

Parks and green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34bn of health and wellbeing benefits, report says.

£1m project to prove economic value of urban green spaces

25/04/2018

A new toolkit to calculate the economic value of urban greenspace is being developed with £1m funding from Innovate UK.

London councils protecting parks ‘despite cuts’, report finds

28/02/2018

London boroughs are working hard to protect parks and green spaces ‘despite funding cuts’, research says.

Getting into a lather over weed control

22/01/2018

Lewes District Council has been trialling the use of an eco-friendly hot foam weed killer as an alternative to traditional pesticides. Laura Sharman reports on the results.

Council agrees to place parks in charitable trust

11/01/2018

Knowsley has agreed to establish a charitable trust to manage the borough’s green spaces after the scrutiny committee requested the decision be put on hold.

Council puts on hold plans to sell 10% of parks

21/12/2017

A council is having second thoughts about selling-off 10% of its parks after its scrutiny committee raised concerns.

Council agrees to sell off 10% of its parks

30/11/2017

Knowsley Council has ‘unanimously’ agreed to sell off 10% of the borough’s parks and green spaces for new development over the next 15 years.

Newcastle first authority to set up charitable trust to run parks

22/11/2017

Newcastle has become the first major metropolitan authority in the UK to establish an independent charitable trust to run the city’s parks and allotments.

Yorkshire national park urges developers to build in the Dales

30/10/2017

A national park in Yorkshire is encouraging developers to build new homes on their land in an attempt to tackle a housing shortage in the Dales.

Liverpool approves plans to hand parks contract to council company

27/10/2017

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to award its parks and green spaces maintenance contract to Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited.

Council-owned company set to take over maintenance of Liverpool’s green spaces

20/10/2017

The contract to maintain Liverpool’s green spaces is to be handed to a council-owned company which operates the refuse, recycling and street cleansing service.

The future of grass breeding

12/10/2017

William Eichler reports from a grass seed facility in France to see how the particular needs of local authorities are being met.

Councils support parks research despite funding pressures

19/09/2017

Council chiefs have thrown their support behind a new Government-created group looking into the future of parks despite funding pressures.

Green Flag Awards extended by five years

23/08/2017

Britain's best parks and open spaces will continue to be rewarded for another five years after Whitehall announced an extension of the Green Flag Award scheme.

Councils urged to make public spaces more accessible

22/08/2017

Councils should ensure bins and other street furniture does not stop people with mobility issues from using public spaces, under guidance published yesterday.

Record number of spaces raising the Green Flag

18/07/2017

A record number of parks and green spaces have been given a Green Flag Award this year.

Council could save £110m through transfer of parks to trust

10/07/2017

Plans to transfer the responsibility of parks and green spaces to a charitable trust in Newcastle would save the council £110m over a 125-year lease agreement.

Green spaces health ‘asset’ to communities, charity says

10/07/2017

Parks are an asset to communities and should not be viewed as a burden by local authorities, charity says as it launches new research findings.

Weed killer ban could add £230m to council tax bills

09/05/2017

A local authority ban on the use of chemical-based weed killers in public places could cost the tax payer nearly £230m, new figures reveal.

Councils to be banned for charging parkruns to use parks

18/04/2017

Councils could be banned from charging parkruns to use public parks, under new proposals unveiled by the Government.

Public parks at ‘tipping point’ due to funding cuts

13/02/2017

Public parks are facing a period of decline due to budget cuts of up to 97%, a new report has warned.

Public parks generate ‘large surplus’ of £1.2bn

24/10/2016

Public parks and green spaces provide benefits worth over a billion pounds and are not the liability they appear in public accounts, a new study reveals.

Councils should have legal duty to protect parks, says public

28/09/2016

Three quarters of the public believe councils should have a statutory duty to protect parks, a new survey has revealed.

Parks should be ‘no smoking zones’ to protect children, experts say

26/09/2016

Local authorities should ban smoking in areas where children play or learn, environmental health professionals urge.

Councils selling off parks and green spaces

07/09/2016

More than half of local authorities are set to sell off their parks or transfer the management of them, according to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Council considers using parks as flood defences

01/08/2016

Sheffield City Council is consulting on proposals to divert floodwater into parks and woodlands in the event of a severe storm.

Councils run innovative park scheme to improve lives

15/07/2016

Councils are showcasing innovative parks schemes as part of a national campaign to transform people's lives through their local parks.

MPs to examine how best to protect public parks

11/07/2016

The impact council budget cuts have had on public parks and open spaces will be considered in a new Government inquiry.

Early mowing 'eradicating' summer flowers warns charity

21/06/2016

A wildlife charity has warned that 700 species of flowers are at risk due to councils mowing their road verges too early in the year.

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26/04/2016

With the coming months being an ideal time to stock up, Lely is offering end users a 10 percent discount on any Genuine Toro rotary blades bought from 1st to 31st May this year.

Parents reveal concern over future of parks and green spaces

15/04/2016

Seven out of ten parents with young children are concerned that council budget cuts will have a negative impact on parks and green spaces, according to a new survey by The Parks Alliance.

Council first to impose parkrun charge

13/04/2016

A parish council near Bristol has come under fire today after announcing it would be the first in the world to charge runners to use its Little Stoke park.

Government provides £86m guarantee to kick-start Aberdeen scheme

23/03/2016

The Government has backed major development plans in Aberdeen with an £86m guarantee.

Britain’s parks must be funded differently if they are to ‘remain free and open’

23/02/2016

New models for maintaining and financing public parks could offer viable alternatives to local authority funding, a new report argues.

Funding secured for 87 new pocket parks

16/02/2016

Community groups across the country will share £1.5m of funding to transform 87 neglected urban spaces into new ‘pocket parks’.

Study reveals the economic value of green spaces

22/01/2016

Every pound spent on maintaining green spaces contributes £30 towards health and wellbeing benefits, a new study has revealed.

Council to tackle anglers by ‘euthanizing’ the fish

21/12/2015

A council is planning to wipe out the fish stock in one of its lakes in order to discourage anglers.

Children being let down by poor play facilities, survey argues

01/12/2015

Parents are worried their children may soon have nowhere to play and want the government to provide more funding for facilities, according to a survey.

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