The opening week of our 'Summer of Parks' is looking at provision of parks and green spaces, following the launch of our new Green Space Index last week. We'll be discussing the findings of the Index, what they mean and the different ways of analysing provision.
Explore provision near you by launching one of the interactive maps in our Green Space Index. You can view each of the four indices and see how they compare where you live.
Don't forget to also 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
If you're taking part in the Summer of Parks by joining us doing one small thing each week then for this opening week all you need to do is pick a park which you'll use throughout the summer's activities. Choose your favourite park or green space, preferably one that is local or that you use regularly! Make a note of your choice so that you can keep referring back to it throughout the summer.
Following the launch of the Green Space Index last week, in our first staff blog of the summer our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, reflects on compiling the Index, discusses the background to it and looks ahead to its future.
Exploring the Green Space Index and wanting to know more about our unique GSI Score? Here's a brief introduction... pic.twitter.com/aRlmCbdvwj— Fields in Trust (@FieldsInTrust) May 28, 2019
An in depth look at provision in the London Borough of Islington and how they are working to protect their parks and green spaces for future generations.
Our Green Space Index finds that 2.6m people in Britain do not living within a ten-minute walk of a park or green space. In this article we discuss why it is important to measure this, and why we use ten minutes.
"Parks and green spaces play a vital role as places to exercise, relax in or enjoy and engage with nature, helping improve our health and wellbeing. We want to ensure good access to parks and green spaces for all our communities, for people of all ages and wherever they live in Wales. I welcome Fields in Trust’s new Green Space Index, which adds to the evidence base on publicly accessible green spaces for current and future generations."
Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.
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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
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