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Two-thirds of councils to cut neighbourhood services


Community services will have to be ‘drastically scaled back’ or cut altogether without further funding for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Government to install 100 chess tables


One hundred new chess tables are set to be installed in public spaces across England as part of a £1m package, the Government has announced.

Recycled soil used to create Liverpool’s largest park


Liverpool City Council has used recycled soil from a former landfill site to create one of the largest transformed urban green spaces in England.

Councils fear parks services will be ‘seriously affected’ by cuts


Many councils are expecting cuts in their budgets for parks despite growing numbers of people using them, according to a new survey.

Yorkshire Dales to see ‘significant boost’ in public transport


Public transport in the Yorkshire Dales is to expand after the authority running the National Park agreed to encourage a ‘boost’ to bus and rail services.

Councils report increase in dog fouling due to pandemic puppy boom


More than half of local authorities have seen an increase in the amount of dog fouling since the start of 2021, a survey has revealed today.

Green space provision should be central to levelling up, charity says


The amount of green space per person is lower in areas that the Government is targeting as part of the levelling up agenda than it is elsewhere, study reveals.

Mental health impacted by decline in green space


Green space provision around housing developments has dramatically declined over the last century with negative consequences for mental health, research finds.

Green spaces provide £25.6bn of ‘welfare value’ every year, study finds


A new study has shown that parks and green spaces in England and Wales provide adults with £25.6bn of ‘welfare value’ each year.

Councils urged to create inclusive child play spaces


Leading UK charities and industry bodies have called on local authorities across the country to create accessible and inclusive child play spaces.

Call to give local parks the same protection as national parks


Local parks in poorer neighbourhoods are less likely to be protected from development than those in more affluent areas, new research has revealed.

Over 20,000 green spaces on ‘endangered list’


Over 20,000 parks and green spaces are at risk of being lost to building development, a charity has warned.

Record number of parks achieve Green Flag Award


Over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK have received a Green Flag Award for 2021.

Young people urged to 'reclaim' their parks


Young people often feel unwelcome in parks and other green spaces, a charity has warned.

Council transfers ownership of Seven Sisters Country Park


East Sussex County Council has transferred the ownership of the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

Councils welcome return of Parkrun events


Council leaders have said they are ‘delighted’ that Parkrun events were able to return this weekend in England following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Green space 'not equally accessible to all' index reveals


The most deprived communities tend to have the less access to green spaces, an annual report has found.

Green social prescribing projects chosen for funding


Funding has been awarded to 10 green social prescribing projects to help communities recover from COVID-19.

Poorer areas see greatest fall in park visits


The poorest areas have reported the largest fall in the number of people visiting parks and green spaces during the pandemic, new research has uncovered.

Calls to ring-fence funding for ‘social plumbing’


The Government should spend 25% of its ‘levelling up’ funding on public spaces such as parks and playgrounds to help revive ‘left behind towns’, a new report has argued.

Notts leader warns residents to stick to social distancing rules


The leader of Nottingham City Council yesterday called on residents to stick to social distancing rules as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Liverpool parks to be protected 'forever'


Liverpool City Council has become the first local authority to legally protect the future of its parks and green spaces.

Blossoming tree circles to be planted across UK


Blossoming tree circles will be planted in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next five years, as part of a new project to signal 'reflection and hope'.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards


To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID


The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.

Councils warn about devastation to park services from pandemic


Councils have warned that parks and green spaces are set to lose 87% of income due to the pandemic.

Record number of spaces achieve Green Flag Awards


A record number of parks and green spaces have been recognised in this year's Green Flag Awards.

Councils spending thousands on 'littering epidemic' in parks


Councils have been forced to spend an extra £33,000 on average dealing with litter and anti-social behaviour in parks since lockdown was eased, according to a new survey.

Call for £5.5bn to level up access to urban green spaces


The prime minister has been urged to invest £5.5bn to 'level up' access to urban green spaces by a coalition of councils, city leaders and charities.

Parks are a 'smart investment' argues new report


Parks save the health service over £2bn a year making them a ‘smart investment’, according to the Parks Alliance (TPA).

Public parks at 'significant' risk of loss, charity warns


Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their local green space in the coming years due to development, research has warned today.

Report suggests a new tax for people living near to public parks


Homeowners living near to public parks should pay councils a small tax to help cover the cost of their upkeep, a think tank has said.

Council mows grass in two metre 'channels' to promote social distancing


Birmingham City Council has come up with an unusual way to remind people to obey social distancing rules, by mowing two metre strips into its parks and green spaces.

Councils praised for reopening hundreds of parks


Councils have been praised for reopening around 340 parks and green spaces in the past week.

Councils warned ‘parks must remain open’


Councils have been told they should not close parks in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Councils urged to keep parks open where possible


Councils have been told not to close parks unless it is impossible to maintain social distancing in them.

Counties warn about service closures during coronavirus


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


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’


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


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

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Neighbourhood services cut by £8.9bn


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Play as a powerful motivator


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

Nearly £4m made available for 'pocket parks'


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


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


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


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


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

Councils face calls to ban 'dangerous' weedkiller


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’


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


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


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?


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

Getting into a lather over weed control


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Councils selling off parks and green spaces


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


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


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


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


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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