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February 21, 2018

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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam to focus on separate ventures -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018 -

Monday, February 19, 2018

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Two weeks left to share views on plans for Bristol’s parks

Stoke Park

People in Bristol have two more weeks to have their say on new plans for the city’s parks and green spaces.

So far 1,266 citizens have shared their views on the proposals via Bristol City Council’s Consultation Hub.

The Council needs to reduce spending on parks by at least £2.868m a year by April 2019. This means services will need to be run in a very different way, working more closely with communities and seeking opportunities to generate income, as well as making services as efficient as possible.

The current consultation, which is open until 29 January, outlines a number of proposals for 2018 and 2019 to help achieve the savings target.

Of the £2.868m savings requirement, it is currently predicted that £490,000 can be saved by making efficiencies and reducing parks services. This will not result in the closure of any parks.

In order to retain as many parks services as possible, the intention is that the rest of the required savings can be made by generating income from parks.

Ideas outlined in the consultation include:
• Increasing income from cafés and concessions, including ice cream vans
• Introducing appropriate advertising in parks and green spaces
• Introducing new, competitive fees and charges for any businesses operating from a park or green space
• Introducing new fee-paying activities into parks – including inflatables, camping, adventure golf and car boot sales

Depending on the outcome of the consultation, some of these changes could be implemented from 2018.

The consultation also sets out some of the key commitments for the service. These include:
• Continuing to ensure free access for all to the city’s parks
• Generating income from our parks that we will use directly to support their maintenance and improvement
• Welcoming community management of local spaces, supporting volunteering and neighbourhood decision-making
• Recognising that our parks are vital for our health and wellbeing and ensuring they are attractive and accessible for all our citizens
• Ensuring that the planning process protects green space from development where green space is needed and where it helps protect the city from high temperatures and local flooding during heavy rainfall

Bristol’s parks and green spaces are a vital part of the city’s infrastructure.  Parks are good for the physical and emotional wellbeing of citizens, as well as helping to make Bristol an attractive tourist destination.

Maintaining and investing in parks and green spaces is getting more and more difficult as council budgets become smaller.  However, there is a real opportunity for a thriving city such as Bristol to come up with innovative approaches to sustain city green space for the future.

You can take part by completing an online survey on the council’s Consultation Hub here: www.bristol.gov.uk/parksconsultation

Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team on consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848.

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