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Parks risk falling further into neglect

Published 11th July 2017

Researchers for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have warned that Britain’s parks are at risk of falling into further neglect unless the Government protects them.
 
A second study by the HLF has revealed that just 53% were in a “good condition” last year, compared to 60% in 2014. The researchers said that ministers need to develop a sustainable parks policy to protect open spaces in Britain's towns and cities.
 
Dr Anna Barker, from Leeds University's 'Future Prospects of Urban Parks project' said, “MPs reported earlier in the year that parks are at a tipping point. There needs to be an urgent look at how parks can be put on a sustainable footing. One way of doing that is to establish a national agency which would work with park managers and the public to ensure the parks legacy is sustained for future generations.”
 
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