Thanks to everyone who came to chat and complete the council’s Parks and Greenspaces Users questionnaire in Sefton Park today (16th Aug). There’s so much support out there for the Meadows and Liverpool’s greenspaces! If you took away a questionnaire to fill in, don’t forget to send it in – if you intend to do an online survey, please do it now! AND tell friends and family. Deadline is 28th Aug.
An update came in today from the National Federation of Parks and Greenspaces.
Sign their petition too, link below.
Campaign update, 16th August 2015
National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
We are pleased to report that tens of thousands of people took part in this year’s Love Parks Week, July 24th to August 2nd 2015, the annual UK event to promote, protect and improve our vital local public green spaces. As World Parks Day approaches on Saturday September 19th we call on all citizens to continue to speak out for our parks and green spaces as they face an ever-deepening underfunding crisis and increasing threats of development.
The Government’s cuts to Local Authorities for our local public services, combined with the lack of statutory protection for open spaces, are causing the most of the problems we are facing. This is provoking a growing number of vociferous and inspiring local grass-roots campaigns and petitioning as local communities mobilise to defend spaces under threat of neglect, privatisation or sell-offs. At the same time the evidence continues to stack up on the vital and unique role our parks play for health, biodiversity, flood control, climate change mitigation, social cohesion and many other essential needs of all sections of all our communities.
Following pressure from UK green space organisations including ourselves, the previous outgoing administration recommended that the newly elected Government consider hosting a National Inquiry into the future funding and management of our parks. Also, a cross-party group of MPs is now calling for a Private Members Bill [Bill 53] to strengthen protective measures.
So please sign and promote the UK ‘Save Our Parks’ petition to step up the pressure on the Government and all political parties to take seriously the future funding and protection of our vital green spaces.
1. Sign the petition
2. Spread the news via Twitter: @LoveParks_Week #LoveParks
3. Spread the news via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ukparkspetition – and: http://www.facebook.com/LoveParksWeek
4. See the Parks Petition webpage – includes a paper Sign Up Sheet and leaflets to distribute
5. Join the many others including Groundwork (green space volunteering charity), Fields In Trust (national open spaces safeguarding organisation backed by the Royal Family) and UNISON (Local Government workers union). Let us know.
And please don’t forget to support your local green space Friends Group or help set up one for any green space without one!
Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces