Campaign steps up to safeguard future of UK parks

Last weekend hundreds of communities across the UK came together to celebrate the UK's parks and green spaces as part of Fields in Trust's Have a Field Day campaign.

Thousands of people joined a movement of park users championing the spaces that are so special to them.

The events were as varied as the parks that hosted them, from small picnics amongst neighbours to large community festivals with thousands in attendance.

Last week also saw the confirmation of Marcus Jones as Parks Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He will find in his in-tray an outstanding job of responding to last year's Parliamentary Inquiry into the Future of Public Parks.

Fields in Trust is championing our green spaces and raising awareness of the positive impact they have on our communities. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: "Our parks and playing fields are used by whole communities from pre-schoolers to retired adults.

"Research helps us understand how a local park can contribute to its neighbourhood but the real value of a green space is determined by the local community who use it for play, sport and recreation. Each of the thousands of parks playing fields and playgrounds across the UK is valuable to the neighbourhood that it serves.

"Fields in Trust believe we should re-value our green spaces as resources which contribute to public health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion, not simply view them as a drain on council finances for upkeep. It was clear from all the activity this weekend that communities love their local park and want to protect our precious parks and playing fields."

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