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  • Photo of Centenary Fields WWI anniversary programme protects parks and green spaces

    Centenary Fields WWI anniversary programme protects parks and green spaces

    A new report from greenspace charity Fields in Trust identifies 232 green spaces across the UK, totalling more than 660 hectares, which have been legally protected as part of the Centenary Fields World War I anniversary programme delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The report, presented as an online story map, reveals that the Centenary Fields programme has protected a total of 232 parks, memorial gardens, woodlands and other green spaces with a link to the Great War. From Cardiff to Shetland and Antrim to Kent, these precious green spaces are now legally protected forever, ensuring they will…

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  • Photo of London In Bloom judges back flower garden for key-workers

    London In Bloom judges back flower garden for key-workers

    London in Bloom judges have applauded a Square Mile ‘rainbow’ flower bed grown to honour key-workers fighting COVID-19. The tribute was planted by the Friends of City Gardens with the City of London Corporation. They said the ‘Grow a Rainbow’ bed at Festival Gardens was “particularly pleasing”, helping the public to “enjoy coming out of the gloom and difficulty of lockdown.” The City Corporation won seven awards for its open spaces overall and was crowned the Gold winner in the Town category. It also won prizes for managing West Ham Park in Newham, Queen’s Park in Brent, and Golder’s Hill…

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  • Photo of ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    ‘Lockdown litter’ up by a third

    Soaring lockdown littering levels led to an astonishing 258.4* tonnes of rubbish collected from London’s eight Royal Parks in June alone – the equivalent in weight of 20** new London buses, or 74 elephants. This represents an increase of 32% compared with June 2019. And it took staff 11,078*** hours (the equivalent of 15 months) just to clear the litter left on the grass – in addition to the time spent emptying bins. The Royal Parks has welcomed increased numbers of visitors to the parks during the peak of the pandemic, providing a boost to physical and mental wellbeing. However,…

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  • Photo of 95 years of Fields in Trust

    95 years of Fields in Trust

    Through the COVID-19 lockdown people have realised just how valuable local parks and green spaces are to our health and wellbeing and as places to meet loved ones safely. Green space charity Fields in Trust, who are celebrating their 95th anniversary next week, are calling for the revaluing of parks and green spaces to take account of what they contribute to communities – not just what they cost to maintain. As the UK was rebuilding after World War I and a devastating influenza pandemic, the future King George VI convened the inaugural meeting of Fields in Trust (then known as the National…

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  • Photo of New guidance to help parks in England reopen

    New guidance to help parks in England reopen

    A new guide to help park managers and local authorities in England safely reopen urban and country parks, gardens and wider green spaces has been launched. Produced with key input from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Local Government Association, National Trust, APSE, the Midlands Parks Forum and parks practitioners, the new guide brings together the latest advice available to help managers of green spaces safely reopen them to the public as lockdown eases. Drew Bennellick, head of land and nature policy at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, says: “Many gardens are reopening this week, and many parks have stayed partially…

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  • Photo of Britain’s public parks and green spaces at risk

    Britain’s public parks and green spaces at risk

    Despite their newfound importance – as a place to get outside, exercise and meet loved ones safely during the COVID-19 lockdown – Fields in Trust’s annual ‘Green Space Index’ suggests Britain’s parks and green spaces are at significant risk of loss to development. And the situation could get worse, Fields in Trust in partnership with the Co-op, estimate that hundreds of thousands more people could lose their local green space in years to come. 2.7 million people already live more than a ten-minute walk from a public park and a further 170,000 people could be in the same position in…

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  • Photo of Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Whilst we’re all staying home and less able to get out to enjoy our nation’s parks this spring, green space charity Fields in Trust are bringing parks to people with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way. At a time when communities across the country are revaluing the benefits their local parks usually provided for sport, nature and play, the tour will be moving around the UK exploring locations online by showcasing town and city parks which you can ‘visit’ from your home…

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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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