Our nation's parks and green spaces are vital green hearts and lungs of our communities: bringing people together, building social cohesion and helping us to feel physically and mentally well.
Sadly, these spaces continue to be threatened with all types of development. Fields in Trust protect 2,852 spaces in perpetuity, covering over 12,800 hectares of land, but our Green Space Index finds that this is just 5.7% of the park and green space provision in Great Britain meaning there is lots more to do. It is up to all of us to act to stem the decline and disappearance of our nation's cherished parks and green spaces.
By the time a threat to your local park or green space emerges, it may already be too late. Showing that you value your green spaces and use them frequently is an important element of their long-term protection and sustainability. It is for this reason that Watch This Space is split into three sections:
Love your local park
Communities using and getting more involved in their green spaces is the best way to show how much they are valued and the best way for us all to stay physically and mentally well.
Watch over your green space
If you are concerned about how your local park is being managed for the long-term it is worth looking out for developments that might affect the space as well as taking steps to protect it.
Organise a campaign
As soon as you discover a park or green space in your neighbourhood is under threat from development it is important to move quickly, find out the details and get others involved.
Watch This Space is available as an interactive PDF. It contains links throughout to other resources both from Fields in Trust and elsewhere on the internet that may be useful to your efforts to champion for and support your local green space. Whilst a printed version may be useful, it will not connect to these further resources.
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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