National Trust at the party conferences

This year, the Trust is running events at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences on the crisis facing our parks and green spaces, and how we can unlock their full benefits. Parks and green spaces are at the heart of our communities. They’re our outdoor play areas, community sports pitches, places to meet…

A new £10 million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ fund for public parks and green spaces

Together with Heritage Lottery Fund we’ve launched a new £10 million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative that aims to secure a future for urban parks and green spaces. We hope to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance the local green spaces that really matter to communities.   Currently open for Expressions of Interest,…

New research shows value of green spaces, as MPs debate the future of parks

New research by Vivid Economics published today by the National Trust reveals the true value of a large city’s network of public parks and green spaces – and shows that cutting parks budgets is counter-productive, costing more than it saves. This evidence comes as MPs on the influential House of Commons Communities and Local Government…

Our vision for the future of parks

Yesterday we joint hosted the Future Parks Conference which brought together over 70 practitioners to discuss how to achieve a sustainable future for public parks.  At the event we launched our new Future Parks toolkit, with useful considerations for those interested in setting up a People’s Park Trust, one potential option for securing parks’ futures.…

Better Out than In … Why you should be exercising outside

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. With summer just around the corner, this is the time of year when many of us (regretting the…