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    • Photo of Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

      Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

      Hundreds of Bristol residents have called for the organisers of the recent Greta Thunberg climate strike to pay for the damage caused to College Green.   15,000 people attended the strike in Bristol on Friday, turning the popular green space into a mudbath and angering many of its residents.   Initially, a fundraiser was set up to cover the cost of repairs, however calls have been made for the rally organisers to pay for the damage instead.   Residents have commented the irony of the situation, with thousands turning up to talk about the planet dying, but destroying a much-loved…

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    • Photo of Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

      Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

      A significant step in the progress of the West End Project has been taken with the start of works to rejuvenate Whitfield Gardens.   This renewed public space forms part of the biggest council-led public realm and transport scheme the borough has ever seen.   The West End Project is addressing traffic congestion, road safety, poor air quality and the fact that this area has less than the Camden average of public open space.   Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden says:    “It is exciting that the work to improve Whitfield Gardens and restore the iconic…

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    • Photo of Scottish Parks To Heat Homes With Low Carbon Energy

      Scottish Parks To Heat Homes With Low Carbon Energy

      New research published by environmental charity greenspace scotland reveals how the untapped energy potential from Scottish parks and green spaces could provide low carbon heat for homes, reducing Scotland’s carbon footprint. Public parks and green spaces across Scotland offer the potential to supply low carbon heat to at least 15% of Scottish households. This would save the same amount of carbon as 10 years growth from planting 9½ million tree saplings. Tackling the problem of weaning buildings off their dependence on gas-based heating is challenging. Scotland is unlikely to meet its target for supplying 11% of heat demand from low…

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    • Photo of Greenwich Park receives £10.5m of funding

      Greenwich Park receives £10.5m of funding

      The Royal Parks charity, which manages Greenwich Park, has secured a £4.5m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for its Greenwich Park Revealed project. The Royal Parks and other funding partners will also contribute to this project, equating to total investment of £10.5m. The park covers 183 acres and was enclosed in 1433, making it the oldest enclosed Royal park. The Grade 1-listed landscape is a unique mix of stunning gardens, historic buildings and monuments, and is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation with an abundant array of wildlife. However, there…

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    • Photo of Abney Park set for £4.4m improvement work

      Abney Park set for £4.4m improvement work

      Abney Park’s historic chapel will be brought back into use as a venue after Hackney Council was awarded £4.4m by the National Lottery to improve the park.   The funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund will also see major work to the rest of the gothic cemetery. This will include a new cafe and classroom at the park’s main entrance and a new accessible entrance on Church Street.   As part of the improvements, an environmentally friendly heat pump will be installed in the park to provide heat and hot water to the…

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    • Photo of Bushy Park to receive one of Newton’s eight space saplings

      Bushy Park to receive one of Newton’s eight space saplings

      Bushy Park has been chosen to be the home of one of eight space saplings. The tree is derived from the pips of Isaac Newton’s apple tree, that were blasted into space with British astronaut Tim Peake in 2015. The project is a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, National Trust and Kew Gardens, to inspire the next generation of scientists.   The Royal Parks, in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The Friends of Bushy Park successfully bid for one of the eight saplings, that originate from the pips of the 400-year-old apple tree in Woolsthorpe Manor,…

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    • Photo of Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      Best overall 2019 Royal Parks apprentice goes to Jamie Gould

      The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement. The Royal Parks have said that Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park. Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he…

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    • Photo of Improvements underway at Worthing’s Beach House Park

      Improvements underway at Worthing’s Beach House Park

      Widespread improvements to make Worthing’s Beach House Park more attractive to visitors and wildlife are underway. Teams from Worthing Borough Council’s parks team will be spending this winter carrying out a range of enhancements to ensure it remains a much-loved open space for years to come. The work will not only improve biodiversity, but also increase the types and varieties of plants to ensure the open space can better adapt to the ongoing effects of climate change. The council is also taking steps to work with the local community to establish a new Friends of Beach House Park group so…

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    • Photo of The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

      The Regent’s park sees first planting of 6,500 sakura trees gifted from Japan

      The UK has been gifted 6,500 sakura trees by Japan as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project. The project will see the planting of the trees across the UK’s parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK. The sakura cherry trees will be distributed to 400 schools and 160 sites across the UK. The first trees were planted at a ceremony at The Regents park in London.    His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine, as well as the Founder and Joint Chairman of Sakura Cherry Tree Project…

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    • Photo of VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

      VIDEO: Salford City Council release drone footage to promote greenspaces

      Salford City Council has released aerial footage to encourage people to visit the city’s green spaces. These spaces have seen over £127 million of investment in recent years. This includes £10.2m flood protection scheme at the Wetlands in Kersal which provides more protection to 1,400 homes and 500 businesses. The basin is opened when river levels rise. It can capture up to 650m  litres of water and release it slowly when the river levels drop. And also featured is Peel Park, one of the first public parks to be opened in the country in 1846. In 2013 the park was…

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    • Photo of £1m project to rejuvenate Highdown Gardens due to begin

      £1m project to rejuvenate Highdown Gardens due to begin

      Highdown Gardens in West Sussex will be closing for improvement works to take place. In order to deliver on a £1m project to protect the fragile plant collection and enhance the visitor experience the Gardens will be closed from December 21 and will reopen in late summer next year.   The improvements will be funded by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The work will include building new greenhouses to help the propagation and preservation of extremely rare plants from around the world, building a brand new visitors’ centre, explore and digitise the archive of this fascinating landmark, create…

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    • Photo of Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

      Landscape consultants invited to tender for Landscape Architect Services Framework

      The Royal Parks is inviting landscape consultants to tender for its new four-year Landscape Architect Services Framework. Ahead of the Landscape Architect Services Framework launch, the Royal Parks’s landscape team would like interested practices to attend an open event. The event take place at Malone Room, LookOut, Hyde Park from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 5 December. The event is a chance to learn about the landscapes the charity works with, recent projects and future opportunities. Practices who attend will receive an introduction to the Royal Parks charity and an overview of the projects completed during the current framework period…

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    • Photo of Restoration work at historic Strawberry Fields now complete

      Restoration work at historic Strawberry Fields now complete

      The famous red gates at Liverpool’s Strawberry Fields are once again open to the public after a significant restoration. This project carried out by Gavin Jones Ltd aims to revitalise an integral part of The Beatles history.   Work on the restoration, carried out by landscaping specialist Gavin Jones Ltd, part of Nurture Landscapes Group, and architect Rankin Fraser, was completed in September 2019.   Immortalised in the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields is an important landmark in the story of the world-famous band’s inspiration, but this vital part of local history has never been open to the public until now.…

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    • Photo of Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

      Restoration underway for South Tyneside park

      Work has begun on the multi-million pound restoration of North Marine Park, on South Shields’ seafront.   The £3.2million scheme will reinstate some of the historic park’s original Victorian features as well as introducing new elements.   The work, which will be carried out by Esh Construction, will be undertaken in phases, meaning the park can remain open to visitors.   The first phase will focus on restoration of the grand promenade staircase and surrounding area, including new paths, terrace, landscaping and street lighting. This will involve major earthworks to regrade the existing steep embankment.   The project, which is…

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    • Photo of Parklet success as 95% of people want more installed across Greater Manchester

      Parklet success as 95% of people want more installed across Greater Manchester

      A ground-breaking new parklet scheme trialled in Stockport and aimed at transforming underused space into urban mini-parks has been hailed as an overwhelming success.   A recent survey showed 98% of people felt that the it improved the street. While 95% thought more should be installed across Greater Manchester.   The parklet transformed an underused part of the street into an attractive and useful place for shoppers, workers and people on bikes to stop, relax and park up. It has seating, planting, a bespoke mural, a table tennis table and chimes – as well as cycle parking for 12 bikes.…

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    • Photo of Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      Aberdeenshire council launches green spaces and biodiversity project

      Aberdeenshire council have launched a new scheme which aims to extend and improve green spaces and biodiversity. The initiative will provide a new approach to the creation and maintenance of green spaces across the area. As part of this some grass areas which are regularly maintained will become wildflower meadows. As well as increased tree planting and the creation of woodland areas. One of the key aspects of this project will seek to develop practical enhancements at sites for the benefit of biodiversity, carbon reduction and improved greenspaces, through local community involvement as part of the wider green network. The…

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    • Photo of Planning application submitted for first phase of Mayfield

      Planning application submitted for first phase of Mayfield

      The £1.4bn transformation of Mayfield into a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester has taken a significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the first phase of development at the site. The application includes the creation of Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new park in more than 100 years. This will be created on the banks of the River Medlock running through the heart of the 30-acre regeneration scheme. The first phase of development also includes a high quality, nine-storey, 70,000 sq ft office building overlooking the new park, and a 545-space…

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    • Photo of More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

      More wild meadows flowering in Glasgow

      Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.   Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.   Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to…

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    • Photo of Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate Mansel Park

      Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate Mansel Park

      Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate the play area at Mansel Park in Millbrook. The improvements will create a new and improved space for families to spend time together and to be active.   The £250,000 project includes dedicated toddler and junior areas, a fitness trail and will benefit from a new shelter and seating area. The centre piece is the highlight of the new park. Designed by local artist Andy Frost, it is ‘Docklands themed’ and features a unique play structure in the shape of a container ship that converts into a robot, complete with climbing rings,…

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    • Photo of Works star to improve Highfield Park’s river, Nottingham

      Works star to improve Highfield Park’s river, Nottingham

      Work started this week on improvements to Tottle Brook in Highfields Park, Nottingham that will create new wildlife habitats. Funded by a £50,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council, the work involves re-naturalising the river channel that runs through the park. This will create an enhanced environment for wildlife, improved biodiversity and new habitat creation, and a better park feature for visitors to enjoy. Further work, which would include a boardwalk, is also being considered and will take place before the end of the year. The main work is due to be completed by the…

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    • Photo of Hackney Council asks for peoples views on £2m Shoreditch Park improvement project

      Hackney Council asks for peoples views on £2m Shoreditch Park improvement project

      Local people’s views will be put at the heart of a proposed £2m programme to improve Shoreditch Park. Hackney Council launches a month-long engagement exercise throughout October to find out what they would like to see in the park.   The public events, workshops, information stalls and drop-in sessions taking place across Hoxton and Shoreditch will give people a chance to tell Council officers what they value in the park and what they would like to see improved.   These will include a public event in Shoreditch Park on Saturday 26 October where people can come along and take part…

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    • Photo of The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

      The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

      The Royal Parks have collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music to create the Music for Trees app. The app will allow visitors to listen to music under the trees of The Regent’s Park as well as learning about the trees.   The geo-location app will come to life in Gloucester Gate, situated in the north-east corner of The Regent’s Park. This area of parkland is home to over 30 species of trees that include walnut, hornbeam, ash and London plane.   The initiative was the idea of The Royal Parks’ Arboricultural Officer, Matt Steinmann. He wanted visitors to notice…

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    • Photo of Stanley Park in Blackpool named as the UK’s Best Park

      Stanley Park in Blackpool named as the UK’s Best Park

      Voters have crowned Stanley Park in Blackpool, Lancashire as the UK’s Best Park 2019.   The awards received a record number of 364 nominations. All eligible nominations then progressed to a public vote, where 36,832 then voted.   This year your votes also helped give “Much Loved” status to 73 parks and green spaces which placed within the top 20% of nominations.   Receiving an estimated two million visitors annually, Stanley Park was opened in 1926 and as well as an abundance of sporting facilities boasts a number of iconic features. Impressive Italian Gardens at its centre are flanked on…

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    • Photo of South East’s Best Parks named

      South East’s Best Parks named

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    • Photo of Fields in Trust championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

      Fields in Trust championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

      The UK’s Best Park 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of Fields in Trust’s Summer of Parks on Thursday 12th September.   Ahead of that, this summer UK’s Best Park will not just be showcasing the parks to receive the highest number of votes in each Home Nation. Each park that has placed in the top 20% of the total nominations will receive “Much Loved” status, recognising the support it has received this summer from those who use and love it.   In total, 73 parks across the UK will be celebrated in this way. Following the close of…

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