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.…

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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…

The A303: Safeguarding Stonehenge’s future

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.  It will come as no surprise that here at the National Trust we are great fans of Stonehenge;…

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Is it fair? Child poverty and fair access green space

A report released today by the National Children’s Bureau reveals an ugly truth. The number of children in the UK living in poverty is on the rise. In 1971, 2 million children were deemed to be living ‘in poverty’. Today it’s 3 million. The report, ‘Greater Expectations’, isn’t just focussed on material poverty – not…