October 18, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People -

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lina’s ‘Break Free’ wins prison garden poll -

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Diarmuid Gavin unveils plans for the largest container garden in the world -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Green Flag Award reveals the public’s favourite parks -

Friday, October 13, 2017

National infrastructure commsion reveals gallery of final design concepts for the Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Proposals to improve council’s Streets and Open Spaces service -

Friday, October 13, 2017

idverde helps transform Shepton Mallet into ‘the Snowdrop Town’ -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Willmott Dixon lands £66m Midlands universities treble -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Designs for Manchester’s proposed new Peace Garden created by landscape architecture students -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Green-tech smash charity target for children’s charity Physcap -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Play industry calls on minister to protect our parks

The Association of Play Industries is calling on the communities minister to ensure the future of the UK’s parks and green spaces by recognising their vital contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

API chair Mark Hardy says: “The Public Parks Report published this week, which warns that parks are at tipping point due to lack of funding and investment, is an opportunity to re-prioritise the crucial role that our parks and green spaces play.”

“I’m encouraged that the Communities and Local Government Committee, values the environmental contribution of parks and their positive impact on the mental and physical health of the communities they serve.”

“As advocates for the importance of children’s play, particularly in the midst of an obesity epidemic, we know that parks have a pivotal role in combating children’s sedentary lifestyles.”

“Evidence shows that children are more active if they have access to outdoor play facilities. Investment in parks and public play facilities should be a government priority, particularly for deprived communities, where obesity rates are highest.”

“We know that there are pressures on land for housing and commercial development so it’s essential that local authorities are supported in protecting their green spaces. We welcome this report as a timely reminder of the vital and perhaps undervalued role that parks play in all our lives.”

“Prioritising our green spaces will help alleviate wider societal problems such as social exclusion, mental health and anti-social behavior. Parks are treasured community assets, worthy of protection and should be well-represented in the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan and other policy areas.”

“I hope this will provide a strong incentive for the minister to ensure that local authorities work with Health and Wellbeing Boards to publish and report progress on park and green space strategies.”

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