June 24, 2017

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‘Customers put price first’, according to new tradespeople study -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates -

Friday, June 23, 2017

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all -

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Show Garden success for St Albans based company at BBC Gardeners’ World Live -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Experience the mystery and romance of Galica’s ‘Pazo’ Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Landscape Watering Systems looks at how effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GoLandscape’s ‘Watch this Space’ build begins at Hampton Court -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bradstone supports MS Society Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries launch 2018 promotional catalogue -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bernard Tickner awarded MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Parks Trust responds to parks inquiry report

The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that manages and maintains over 5,000 acres of Milton Keynes’ green space, has released its response to the parks inquiry report, published by the Communities and Local Government Committee.

As part of its inquiry, the Committee examined the impact of reduced local authority budgets on open spaces and considered concerns that the existence of public parks is under threat.

Philip Bowsher, head of landscape strategy & development, commented:

“We are pleased to see that the Communities and Local Government Committee recognise that parks matter for many social, cultural, environmental and economic reasons and that access to sufficient, well-maintained parks and green spaces is important for people’s health and well-being.

“We would wish to see every town and city in the UK benefiting from a network of well-maintained parks and green spaces such as we have under our care in Milton Keynes. We feel it is right that the Committee has recognised and is drawing attention to the fact that many of the nation’s parks are, in the words of the Committee, facing a period of decline with severe consequences.

“We have seen and heard about the challenges facing local authorities across the country in providing park services whilst facing very restricted budget settlements and high demands from other services, many of which local authorities have a statutory duty to provide, which is not the case for park services.

“We have been approached by many local authority park managers from across the country in recent years wishing to find out about The Parks Trust, how we were set up, how we operate and how we are funded through our endowed assets, which enable us to be entirely self-financed with no draw at all upon local authority funds.

“It was in this context that our chief executive David Foster was invited to speak at one of the Communities and Local Government Committee’s hearings, at which he advocated the benefits of the Parks Trust’s model of being an independent charitable trust with the sole purpose of looking after parks for the benefit of the communities that live near, use and rely on their parks and green spaces.

“We welcome the Committee’s recommendations to government to tackle the decline in parks across the country and to get parks on a more secure footing. We are pleased to see that the Committee recognised the value of the parks trust model such as ours and that they have recommended that the government should work with local authorities that are pioneering alternative management models or funding arrangements, which may include establishment of and transfer of parks and assets to parks trusts.

“However, we were disappointed that the Committee did not make a stronger recommendation that the Government should provide financial support and encouragement to help local authorities to set up their own parks trusts.

“We will watch the Government’s response to the CLG Committee’s report with interest and will continue to advocate the Parks Trust model as means of securing a sustainable future for parks and green spaces across the UK.” 

 

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