The attached paper outlines the background of my keynote:
As part of a Hort Week and Parks Alliance (UK) Leaders Roundtable in London (22nd January 2016) on the “Future funding of Parks – what can the UK learn from others?”, I as the Deputy Chair of the World Urban Parks delivered the keynote and a range of observations.
Horticulture Week has a long relationship with the Parks Alliance. The Alliance was established in 2013 by 40 key leaders from across the UK and grew from the “Making Parks a Priority” campaign run by Horticulture Week.
The Parks Alliance is the voice of UK parks, representing the people and organisations that create, maintain, invest in and use the public green spaces that we are proud to have at the heart of British life. We campaign at local, regional, UK and EU levels to ensure that parks are properly funded, their roles recognized and developed, and that the benefits that they provide are clearly understood and recognized.
The Roundtable Series:
This will be the first in a series of roundtables by the Park Alliance to develop policy positions. This roundtable will help us tease out what options we have for new funding models that will ensure that parks continue to flourish. We would like to be in the position where we could outline what a future park funding model could look like.
The Roundtable Participants:
Kate Lowe, Horticulture week
Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape & Natural Heritage at the Heritage Lottery Fund
Sir Terry Farrell CBE, architect
Nadia Broccardo, CEO of Team London Bridge
Dave Morris, Chair of The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
Ben Rogers, Director of the Centre for London
Lydia Ragoonanan, Programme Manager for the Rethinking Parks at NESTA
Peter Massini, Principal Policy Officer GLA Environment Team
Kate Swade, Development Manager at Shared Assets
Maria Adebowale, Director of Living Space Project
Susannah Wilks, Director of the Cross River Partnership
Ed Wallis, Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Fabian society
Mark Camley, Chair of the Parks Alliance and Executive Director for Park Operations and Venues, LLDC.
Sue Morgan, CEO of Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
Alistair Bayford, Regional Operations Director at The Landscape Group
Paul Lincoln, Deputy Chief Executive, Landscape Institute
Wayne Grills, Chief Operations Officer of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)