Published by Nesta this leaflet outlines the experience of three grantees from the Rethinking Parks cohort:

  • Parks Community UKis a national project that helps people shape ideas and decisions about their local parks.
  • Performing Parksin Thurrock and Par Track in Cornwall show local people taking more direct control of parks and greenspaces through models of stewardship or ownership. 

This information is aimed to help Friends of Parks groups, local authorities, park leaders, and others interested in communities involvement in parks and greenspaces. 

People care about local parks and greenspaces that make our communities great places to live. As well as using our parks and greenspaces, many people support them in a variety of ways – through formal or informal volunteering, making donations and running campaigns to protect them when they are under threat. Actively engaging and involving communities can encourage increased use of parks and greenspaces, create a greater sense of belonging to a local area, whilst also enabling connections between people and local places.

Find out more and download the leaflet