Parks in peril?

National Trust Press Office

Harry Bowell, Regional Director for the National Trust, writes about the National Trust’s new partnership with Sheffield City Council to explore new ways of financially supporting the city’s public parks and green spaces. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Big Lottery Fund and Nesta through their Rethinking Parks programme, the project in Sheffield was unveiled this morning with the release of HLF’s comprehensive report into the threats faced by the UK’s parks over the coming years as funding cuts begin to bite.

“Today’s ground-breaking report from Heritage Lottery Fund is an important wake up call for all who care about people and nature.

“Across the UK – but particularly in the Midlands and North of England – local authorities face the biggest cuts to their budgets in a generation – £20bn in 5 years. In Sheffield, a city with more publicly-owned green space per capita than any other city…

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