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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 local community.

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.

Hundreds of people, including the Parks minister, show how much parks mean to us all, at the ongoing Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into the state of parks.

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