Parks and Green Spaces APPG

First Registered: 04/11/2020 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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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 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: Vibrant new parks set to benefit communities with government funding

2. viewed online
25/04/2020 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: NFPGS Parks Survey for the MHCLG Summary of response s [April 21 st - 22 nd

3. 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

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. Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces
27/10/2019 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: Pocket Parks : helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

Latest Documents
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. 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

4. 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

5. District Council Finances
01/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: recycling services. Proposals to scrap a charge on green waste collection and introduce weekly food waste - Speech Link
2: cultural services for recreational sport, open spaces and tourism. People feel the impact of austerity - Speech Link
3: and Royton about the importance of parks, and I fully agree. Parks create communities that we want to - Speech Link
4: improvements.It is important that parks and green spaces are well funded. That is why the Government - Speech Link
5: over 70%. If the Government are committed to parks, open spaces and a quality environment, what will they - Speech Link
6: its resources between social care, homelessness, parks and planning enforcement. Every area will have different - Speech Link

6. Allotments: Council Provision
06/03/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: allotments make a valuable contribution, public parks play an even larger part in promoting health and - Speech Link
2: is absolutely right about the importance of green spaces, which, as he will know, are well protected - Speech Link
3: of appropriate density provision, with those green spaces. We give special protection to allotments and - Speech Link
4: my noble friend aware that concern about public parks—to which the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, made reference—is - Speech Link
5: building more houses while protecting the green belt and public parks is one. As I said, the consultation will - Speech Link

7. Public Parks: Funding
30/10/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: the Select Committee’s inquiry on parks and have established a parks action group across Whitehall departments - Speech Link
2: to the Victorians, it was recognised that public parks benefit our physical and mental health as well as - Speech Link
3: addition, there are the royal parks, supported by DCMS, and national parks. The noble Baroness is right - Speech Link

8. draft Contracting Out (Functions Relating to the Royal Parks) order 2016
19/10/2016 - General Committees

1: Contracting Out (Functions relating to the Royal Parks) Order 2016.As always, it is a pleasure to - Speech Link
2: for example by imposing admission charges to the parks and forcing the public to pay for something that - Speech Link
3: The Government are keen to ensure that the parks are in a position to thrive and prosper long into - Speech Link

9. Beauty and the Built Environment
30/10/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: of place, to which I referred earlier, is about green space. I will come in a moment to some of the research - Speech Link
2: found that, in overall planning, people value green spaces; walkability, both in terms of consecutiveness - Speech Link
3: most part we are a rural constituency with rolling green hills, a glistening lough, beautiful walks, canoe - Speech Link

10. Local Authority Budget Reductions
30/10/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: communities nurture and celebrate their open green spaces—providing sanctuary from the busy world, enabling - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Parks and Green Spaces
1. Recreation Spaces
asked by: John Hayes
... what steps his Department is taking to (a) support the provision of new parks and green spaces and (b) maintain existing parks and green spaces.

2. Recreation Spaces
asked by: Paul Farrelly
... what plans he has to enact statutory protection for green spaces; and what steps he is taking to promote the health benefits of parks and urban green spaces.

3. Barbecues
asked by: Luke Pollard
... (c) national parks and (d) parks and green open spaces in urban areas.

4. 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.

5. Recreation Spaces: Finance
asked by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
... what assessment has he made of trends in the level of funding for (a) parks and (b) green spaces.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Lilian Greenwood Portrait
Lilian Greenwood
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Nottingham South
Joined: 4th November 2020
John Hayes Portrait
John Hayes
Vice Chair
Conservative - South Holland and The Deepings
Joined: 4th November 2020
Ian Byrne Portrait
Ian Byrne
Vice Chair
Labour - Liverpool, West Derby
Joined: 4th November 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Lilian Greenwood MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7122.


Public Enquiry Point:

Rupali Nahar-Williams, Keep Britain Tidy, Tintagel House, London SE1 7TY. Tel: 020 8076 9257



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