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A better future for green spaces?

The Fabian Society recently launched a report Places to be: Green spaces for active citizenship which highlighted the important role of green space in all of our lives. It also set out what government action is needed to ensure the long term future of these places – be it a large park, a small play area, woodland or waterway.

Emma Marrington, CPRE Senior Rural Policy campaigner commented “We very much welcome this report as it supports our Landscapes for Everyone agenda, which set out a shared vision for our landscapes and what action is needed. One of our key recommendations was that our historic public parks and green spaces should have sufficient resources to guarantee their long term protection and enhancement. So we agree with the Fabian Society that creative ways must be found to keep our green spaces open to all during the current pressures on council budgets.

Of course, many councils are already working with their local communities to create and maintain green space. For example, Leicestershire County Council has led the way in engaging residents to identify local green spaces that can be protected under a new designation.

There is a need to coordinate action nationally so that best practice in these austere times can be shared, so we welcome the Fabian Society’s call for Natural England to have a lead role as champions of green spaces. CPRE also supports the idea of each local authority having an up-to-date green space strategy. In the longer term, we would like to see central government, Natural England and councils work together to develop a map of all green spaces around the country so that we can make a coordinated effort to protect and enhance them in the future.”

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