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'Protect Your Park' through Social Enterprise

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:58 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 14:11 ]

The UK's parks are close to crisis point, campaigners have warned, after a report revealed public green spaces were facing budget cuts, staff losses and in some cases being sold off.

Research shows that 86% of parks managers have seen cuts to their budgets since 2010, a trend they expect to continue over the next three years.

As a result, park cafes and toilets could close or have reduced opening hours, grass could be left uncut and flowerbeds empty, and play areas could be cleaned and inspected less often, the study said.

Almost half of local authorities (46%) are considering selling parks and green spaces or transferring their management to others, which could lead to the loss of part or all of some parks, the report from the Heritage Lottery Fund said.

In addition, four-fifths (81%) of council parks departments have lost skilled management staff since 2010 and almost as many (77%) have lost frontline staff.