We champion the need for equitable access to green space these core principles of provision can help to create happier, healthier communities.

First published in the 1930’s the Guidance is based on a broad recommendation that 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of accessible green space per 1,000 head of population enables residents of all ages to participate in sport and play; 75% of local authorities adopt this or an equivalent standard (2014 Fields in Trust / David Lock Associates Survey).

Find out more about our Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions in our Knowledge Base.

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Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play FAQs

Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play was updated in 2015 to reflect policy changes including the National Planning Policy Framework and now includes recommendations on the provision of amenity and natural green space.

Scottish and Welsh editions (including a Welsh language edition) recognise the different planning regimes in the devolved administrations and the requirements of Scottish and Welsh national sports governing bodies.