This week our 'Summer of Parks' is discussing the funding of, and funding for, our parks and green spaces. As part of our Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research and Green Spaces for Good strategy, we are calling for a revaluing of these spaces for the benefits they bring rather than what they cost to maintain.
As well as our regular pieces we’ll have a guest contribution on crowdfunding, a look at the impact of grant funding and a discussion of the best ways of going about raising funds for parks and green spaces. Don't forget to join in the conversation on social media - the 'Summer of Parks' is taking place across @FieldsInTrust so get involved and let us know what you think!
One Small Thing
This week we’re asking you to see if you can find out how much is spent on parks and green spaces locally to you each year. You’ll have to do a bit of research, most likely on your local authority website, and the amount may be detailed in your Council Tax information. Let us know how you get on!
A look back on the contribution of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to fundraising efforts for parks and green spaces.
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way for Friends of groups to raise funds towards their work and projects within their local park or green space. Here, Ian Goodman from MyParkScotland, shares his top five tips for crowdfunding.
This week we spotlight the community of Stradishall and their fundraising efforts which led to the purchase and subsequent protection of their local playing field.
In the third staff blog of our 'Summer of Parks' our Events & Membership Officer, Shannon Newton, discusses how Fields in Trust can offer guidance and support on obtaining funding for your local park or green space.
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Summer of Parks: Join the discussion as we champion our parks and green spaces
Green Space Index: Our new barometer of publicly accessible green space provision
UK's Best Park: Celebrate your favourite local green space - nominations open soon