Parks and Green Spaces APPG

First Registered: 04/11/2020 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To address the most urgent issues affecting our parks and green spaces, including but not limited to funding, skills, inequality of access and provision, climate change, biodiversity and the impact they have on the nation’s health and wellbeing.

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Recent Documents related to Parks and Green Spaces

1. Vibrant new parks set to benefit communities with government funding
27/10/2019 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: Vibrant new parks set to benefit communities with government funding

2. Fields in Trust - written evidence
10/07/2019 - Inquiry: Lessons from the First World War Centenary - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups

3. viewed online
25/04/2020 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: NFPGS Parks Survey for the MHCLG Summary of response s [April 21 st - 22 nd

4. Groundwork UK - written evidence
21/05/2019 - Inquiry: Garden tourism - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: garden tourismExecutive summary1.1.   Public green spaces are an important part of the social infrastructure

5. Briefing 8: Improving access to green spaces
29/07/2020 - Public Health England (PHE)
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Found: health inequalities: Improving access to green spaces Health equity brie˜ng 8: September 20142 About

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Recent Speeches related to Parks and Green Spaces

1. Parks (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
09/07/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: cities, we are blessed with parks and pockets of green space. Those spaces improve air quality, lower - Speech Link

2. Children’s Playgrounds
21/03/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: their children outdoors to run around and go to parks with friends, and to burn off some energy on the - Speech Link
2: about from our own childhoods is communal open spaces, and facilities that are largely taken for granted - Speech Link
3: particularly in the younger teenage years. Skateboard parks were a particular thing a decade ago and trends - Speech Link

3. Environment Bill (Eighth sitting)
03/11/2020 - Public Bill Committees

1: adopt for the purpose of the Bill”—and that is “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment” - Speech Link
2: pandemic. Many more of us have been enjoying green spaces during lockdown, and park visits in the UK were - Speech Link

4. Trespass
19/04/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: Members attending physically should clean their spaces before they use them and before they leave the - Speech Link
2: disadvantaged, who already have less access to outdoor spaces in England. They could be disproportionately affected - Speech Link
3: unauthorised encampments for too long. I live opposite a green space owned and maintained by the London Borough - Speech Link

5. Lee Valley Regional Park (Amendment)
22/02/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: love our parks and open spaces. I enjoy walking almost every weekend in the stunning parks we enjoy in - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Parks and Green Spaces
1. Parks
asked by: Lilian Greenwood
... what steps he is taking to ensure all communities have access to a quality park to allow people to exercise in a safe outdoors space.

2. Parks
asked by: Imran Ahmad Khan
... whether his Department plans to reopen applications for Pocket parks.

3. Parks
asked by: Lilian Greenwood
... how many joint meetings the cross-departmental working group and park sector group have had; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

4. Recreation Spaces
asked by: Zarah Sultana
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing legally binding targets on widespread access to nature and green space.

5. Recreation Spaces
asked by: Dan Carden
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including parks and green spaces within the statutory services that councils must provide; and what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding to local authorities for the provision and upkeep of parks and green spaces.

Latest Questions
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9 Current APPG Officers
John Hayes Portrait
John Hayes
Vice Chair
Conservative - South Holland and The Deepings
Joined: 4th November 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Liz Twist MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 2221.


Public Enquiry Point:

Ingrid McCabe, Keep Britain Tidy, Tintagel House, London SE1 7TY. Tel: 07764 269 131



Keep Britain Tidy acts as the group's secretariat.

Benefits in Kind
22 Sep 2020
Keep Britain Tidy
Secretariat   From : 22/10/2020 To : 21/10/2021

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Parks and Green Spaces APPG

Former APPG Officers
Lilian Greenwood Portrait
Lilian Greenwood
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Nottingham South
Joined: 4th November 2020
Departed: 14th July 2021