Parks and Innovation
Over the last 25 years Paul and Ellen have been at the forefront of work to revitalise our public parks and green spaces. Much of this interest has focused on the investment of the Heritage Lottery Fund in bespoke park programmes and Paul and Ellen have worked on all aspects of the process from bidding, preparing conservation management plans, design development and implementation. Ellen is now one of the most experienced monitors and mentors working for HLF and has particular expertise in assisting and advising community groups and trusts.
Paul, through his previous role running national parks charity GreenSpace, has been instrumental in setting up much of the evidence base and campaigns for the value of parks created and/or developed over the last 12 years; notably:
the first national assessment of public parks, 2001
creation of Love Parks Week as a national awareness campaign, now run by Keep Britain Tidy
new ways of funding parks including the concept of city-wide parks funds and endowments
guidance in setting up park trusts
international sharing of knowledge and ideas through the creation of the Parks for Life network that has pioneered change to the International Federation for Parks and recreation Administrations (IFPRA)
World Parks Day
Potential open space, Cambridge
Paul is able to bring this international and national experience to bear in developing innovative ideas for existing or new greenspace. Paul is particularly interested in long term management planning and funding to ensure the value of our public realm is realised and is managed sustainably for local communities.
New Ifpra website Love Parks Week Parks for Life working to modernise Ifpra