Plans for new developments can often threaten our parks, but the provision of such green spaces should be important components of any planning for communities, to ensure that local residents have access to the recreational space they need.
We may not think about it on a daily basis, but local planning affects all our lives by shaping the places we live. Have a think about the area around you and how the parks and green spaces are distributed. You can explore our Green Space Index to discover provision levels near you.
One Small Thing
This week we're asking you to find out if you have a local neighbourhood plan and if you do to see what it says about parks and green spaces. You'll need to do a bit of research online for this one, and your local council's website is probably a good place to start.
Fields in Trust have been providing guidance on open space standards since the 1930s. Here we answer some frequently asked questions on the most recent edition of our Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play.
Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on an example in south Wales, examining planning tools and legislation and considering how they can be applied to ensure new developments have sufficient parks and green spaces.
We take a look ahead to a new support resource launching in September - Watch This Space - with a focus on the case of how effective campaigning helped secure River Lane Sports Pitches in King's Lynn.
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.
You can donate to support our work to protect, support and champion green spaces for good.
Summer of Parks: Join the discussion as we champion our parks and green spaces
Green Space Index: Our new barometer of publicly accessible green space provision
UK's Best Park: Celebrate your favourite local green space - voting now open