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The Fields in Trust team has decades of combined experience advising, developing and leading on policy matters relating to parks and green spaces. With a focus on the links between green space provision and health and wellbeing, planning, infrastructure, the natural environment and play, through our policy and advocacy work we make the case for better protection of green spaces at all levels of local and national government.

 

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Influence

We work with policymakers across the UK to champion the role parks and green spaces play in our communities and encourage support for their long-term protection.

Cedars Park

Parks Protector Pledge
Nearly 40 Members of Parliament have committed to our six-point pledge to protect, support and champion green spaces for good.

Glasgow Green

Policymaker briefing
Our policymaker briefing provides an introduction to our work and why protection of local green spaces is so important.

Expert opinions
We provide expert advice to national and regional policymakers including the Scottish Parliament and London Assembly.

 

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Engagement

Fields in Trust is a member of policy groups and advisory panels, working with colleagues across the green spaces sector to ensure decision-making is well informed and based on evidence.

Parks Action Group

Parks Action Group
Our Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, sits on the MHCLG's Parks Action Group to help shape UK Government policy relating to parks and green spaces in England.

Playing field

School Playing Fields Advisory Panel
Fields in Trust are members of the advisory panel which provides support to the Department for Education on proposals relating to school playing field land in England.

Heritage park

Future Proof Parks
We partner with Groundwork and The National Youth Agency to engage young people through volunteering to preserve and celebrate their local heritage parks and green spaces.

 

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Endorsements

Alongside publishing our own research and policy positions we are delighted to endorse other publications and national campaigns which help to champion the important role of our parks and green spaces.

Endorsements we have provided include:

  • Greener UK: we are a formal supporter of Greener UK, a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations campaigning for high environmental standards and protections.
  • Parks Charter: we are a founding organisation of the Parks Charter which calls on politicians to take action to save the UK's parks and green spaces.
  • Play Builds Children: the Children's Play Policy Forum's statement draws attention to the responsibility Government has for play and the leadership that is needed.

If you are a national organisation working within the green space sector and would like to request an endorsement please email info@fieldsintrust.org.

 

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Responses

We regularly provide responses and comment on policy announcements, reviews and consultations. Our latest articles can be found within our News & Comment section.

 


Research and insight
We conduct research into the benefits that local parks provide

Green Space Index:
Our barometer of publicly accessible green space provision

What Is Protection?:
Find out what our protection is and what it does

Fields Finder:
Search for protected parks and green spaces near you