The Communities and Local Government Committee is
currently conducting an inquiry into public parks to examine the
impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and
consider concerns that their existence is under threat.
And demonstrating how much parks do mean to people, over 13,000
people took park in the inquiry's park survey, which will be
considered along with other evidence currently being given.
Nearly half of respondents said they visited their local park
two or three times each week. Around 90% think their local park has
a very positive impact on their health, well-being and on their
Parks minister Andrew Percy told the committe that he wants more
parks to apply for a Green Flag Award in future. And he will work
with Keep Britain Tidy in order to grow the program and the number
of successful parks.
The results from the inquiry will be published in the new year.
You can find out more about the
evidence currently being given. Or keep up to date via
twitter and the hashtag #myparkmatters.