Charter calls for governments to save and maintain UK parks
Community groups and organisations are being urged to sign up to a new Charter to ensure the protection of parks and green spaces in the UK. The Charter for Parks was launched by several organisations, including Fields in Trust to call on political leaders from Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland to champion and safeguard parks and green spaces.
The Charter says that management of all green spaces should be a legal duty and calls on the UK’s political leaders to ensure adequate long-term resources for maintenance, management and improvements and recognise the right of every citizen to be within walking distance of a good quality green space.
Dave Morris, chairman of the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, said:
‘Time is running out for local parks across the UK. Continuous cuts to staffing and maintenance are leaving them vulnerable to neglect and deterioration, or even sell-offs.’