Early day motion: EDM 219 Reduction in Funding for Urban Parks FoHP have written to our local MP for Cardiff North, Jonathan Evans to back calls for an inquiry into the parks funding crisis! EDM 219 asks: “That this House is concerned about the damage being caused to Britain's urban parks and green spaces by disproportionate cuts to their maintenance in local government budget savings, the loss of skills in professional horticulture in the public sector through staff redundancies and the lack of investment in parks, negatively impacting on health, social well-being and community cohesion; ... recognises the challenge for green space professionals with the absence of a national level department, body or function with a watching brief for the UK's urban parks; and calls on the Government to address these concerns in a new inquiry into urban parks.”
Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers - study: Mon 22 April Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study. Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect. The findings could help to inform urban planners and have an impact on society at large, they said. This study is published in the journal Psychological Science ... MORE
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