Research Project Launched to Protect Our Parks

A research project to explore the idea of charitable giving to public parks was launched today in Leeds. The project considers the role local people and businesses can play in improving and sustaining public parks for future generations.

The project is based around the Leeds Parks Fund, a charitable initiative managed by the Foundation that provides an opportunity for people to make charitable donations to improve access, engagement and facilities in parks.

Money raised through the Leeds Park Fund will go towards improving public green spaces in Leeds, providing grants to communities for restoration of historic features such as bandstands, planting new floral displays, providing wildlife habitats and improving playgrounds, paths, sports facilities and much more.

The University of Leeds and partners from local charity, community and public sectors have developed an online survey to find out what individuals and businesses think about charitable giving to improve their parks and green spaces.

The project is part of a national scheme called Rethinking Parks that aims to develop promising and innovative new operating models for parks across the country.  The scheme is funded by Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta.

The research follows growing concerns over the future of public parks across the UK, particularly at a time when local councils face ongoing budget reductions from central government.

In 2016, 322,000 people signed a petition calling for legal protection for parks and the following year the government launched a new Parks Action Group to help green spaces meet the needs of communities now and into the future.

We need as many local people and business managers as possible to respond to our surveys so that we can understand the variety of perspectives on Leeds’ parks and potential funding opportunities for them.  

Complete the Residents Survey, or take the Business Survey