Please forward this link, encouraging all your members and contacts to sign HERE. Help prevent the slide into crisis of the UK's green spaces – please fill in the Questionnaire below or attached
Our local public green spaces are an essential resource and service, vital to every community, and serving important needs for people of all ages and interests. However, as a number of recent ‘Parks Crisis’ reports have demonstrated, there are serious and growing risks to parks throughout the UK caused by chronic underfunding, projected to get even worse over the next few years. Parks could be threatened by dereliction, and many even sold off. This necessitates immediate and effective national action if we are to avoid severe long-term decline. We are now at a tipping point. Our green spaces need the recognition, protection and resources they deserve, and now is the time for everyone to speak out!
The inspirational rise of the Friends Groups movement over the last 15 years (with now over 5,000 groups), and the hard work and expertise of green space staff, managers and professionals, has proven the commitment of the public and all those who love parks. We believe that there must now be an equivalent commitment from the political parties and the next Government in 2015. Let's make this an election issue!
The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces recently launched the ‘Save Our Parks’ petition, supported by the Love Parks campaign. It aims to help raise the political profile and make parks an election issue. We are asking all key organisations, such as yours, to help promote it widely over the coming weeks and months. Please complete the questionnaire overleaf to indicate your support.
Please support and publicise to everyone in the UK in the build up to World Parks Day, 20 September!
Over 1,500 have already signed following the initial call. The petition has begun to stimulate publicity and debate. There's been a feature in the Daily Mirror, and national organisations - like Groundwork (the green space volunteering charity) and UNISON (the local Government workers Union) - have already agreed to back the call.
An initial response from a representative of the Department for Communities and Local Government stated: 'It's good to see that friends groups across the country have support for the valuable work they do preserving good quality local parks', and offered to meet with the National Federation to discuss 'community rights'. But there’s been no response yet to the central issue of what the Government plans to do to ensure 'good quality local parks', so we now have to step up the pressure. Let's all get the word out to everyone we know and get thousands more to sign!
Please help get as many signatures as you can. Please spread the word far and wide!