Fields in Trust has partnered with green space charity Groundwork and The National Youth Agency to launch 'Future Proof Parks', a £900k National Lottery Heritage funded programme that will support Friends of parks groups and local young people to work together in a series of innovative projects which will support heritage parks and widen the understanding of their importance.
Future Proof Parks will engage 880 young people across the UK in the West Midlands, East of England, West of England, North West and North East, to learn more about their local historic park heritage, encourage young people to join their local friends of park groups and volunteer to preserve and celebrate the local spaces that matter to the communities they live in.
The programme will work with 60 Friends of park groups to give them informal youth work skills to engage and work with young people, in order to share ideas and combine the talents of established Friends of park groups, with the passion and skills of young volunteers.
The three-year programme has been awarded funding through the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust programme, which aims to enable more young people to be involved in the UK's heritage.
The programme has the support of Parks and Green Spaces Minister, Rishi Sunak, who said: "Parks play a valuable role in our communities, providing vibrant locations for people to socialise, exercise and relax. It's inspiring to see the dedication of the many Friends of parks groups up and down the country who make huge contributions to their local green spaces. I welcome Future Proof Parks to help us encourage more young people to get interested in and preserve their local parks and green spaces for generations to come."
The project will focus on historic parks and heritage landscapes in five 'hub' locations across England. In each hub young people will be supported in giving their time and talents to support local groups and heritage organisations attached to the following sites:
UK's Best Park: Nominated and voted for by the public every year
Have a Field Day: Host a party or a picnic in your park this summer
How to Protect: Find out the protection process and about our Deed of Dedication
Historic Programmes: Since our foundation in 1925 we have managed several different protection programmes