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Why parks must always be a priority

Why parks must always be a priority

Whilst I very much admire Horticulture Week’s ‘Make Parks a Priority’ campaign – and the 40 or so politicians who signed the Early Day motion calling for a fresh Parliamentary Inquiry into urban parks – I don’t think we can be confident that there will be new legislation in this area any time soon.

Which is why it is just so important for all of us who love our British heritage to get out and support this campaign. As I’ve mentioned so many times before on this blog, parks and open spaces are vital for good quality of life.

‘Make Parks a Priority’ was initiated by Horticulture Week to raise awareness about what they refer to as ‘disproportionate cuts’ to the budget for parks and open spaces. They point to a ‘near terminal’ downward spiral that British parks faced in the 70s and 80s.

It makes you realise how much progress has actually been made in this area. That’s probably to do with the fact that progress has been so gradual that we forget how far we’ve actually come in creating better parks and open spaces. It is so important to do all we can to keep the issue at the forefront of people’s minds.

In a previous post I spoke about how good the ‘pocket parks’ initiative has been for London. But at the same time we must remember that budgets for London parks have fallen 44% in the past 4 years.

I go along with those who say that a lack of investment in parks will have a negative impact on social well-being, public health and the way that society holds together generally. It’s just that important. When you think about it, parks are the best free resource we have and they should be one of the very first things we should want to protect.

We are a nation of gardeners aren’t we? That’s a central part of our British identity. Which is we cannot allow funding cuts for parks damage that heritage. Parks not only need to be protected. They must expand and continue to develop and improve.

There’s more information about the campaign here:

http://www.hortweek.com/news/1139663/help-Parks-Priority-campaign/?DCMP=ILC-SEARCH

Or let me know if you’d like to find out more and become actively involved.

Till next time,

Matt

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