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NFPGS February Newsletter
Dear Friends

The Report from the Parliamentary Inquiry is now out and further information can be found below, if you have not already seen it.
 
We are still looking at how best to run our national meetings and to support Forums and groups across the UK.  Thank you to everyone who has taken time to fill out our survey so far.

If you have not already given us your feedback, then please can you click on the link below, as we need your feedback!

Please read and fill in the short but special survey by clicking this link!

I am also enclosing our February Newsletter, full of interesting and useful information. Please feel free to circulate it around all your groups.

Best wishes from all of us
Sarah Royal (CEO), Nigel Sharp (Secretary) and Dave Morris (Chair)

National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

Parliamentary Inquiry in to Public Parks

The much-awaited report has been published by the Select Committee.  Statutory service has not been recommended, however, partnership working with Health and Wellbeing Boards to create joint Parks and Green Spaces Strategies has been.
Click here to download and read the Public Parks Report

A highlight from the publications is the results of the survey that accompanied the Inquiry. It is published as an online presentation, click here; keep scrolling down to get through some fantastic quotes and useful statistics. 13,000 people and organisations responded, which is an amazing response. Some quick statistics are:

  • 75% of those surveyed have a very positive impression of our parks and green spaces
  • Nearly 90% of those surveyed believed their local park has a very positive effect on their health and well-being

Funding for Community Facilities


The next application deadline for funding from the Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) is the 24th April 2017.

The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve amenities that are available for leisure and recreation use by the general public. This could include:
  • Community cafes
  • Theatres
  • Play areas
  • Skate parks
  • Youth centres; etc.
Through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) the Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund.

To be eligible, applicants needs to be a not – for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing site. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius. Additionally, in order to qualify for LCF funding project sites must fall within 10 miles of a landfill site.

For information on projects previously funded by the Trust, please click here.

Please click here to visit their website

National Meadows Day 2017


National Meadows Day is a growing event which celebrates wildflower grasslands, providing an opportunity for you to showcase the amazing wildflowers and species you have on your sites and in your communities.

Feedback from last year showed that many people attending events were surprised by the diversity of the flora and sheer number of insects and reptiles found in the meadows they visited. This really reinforced the importance of meadow preservation, and of the role of the National Meadows Day events in educating the public about this important habitat that is fast disappearing.

The date for 2017 is Saturday 1st July

All you need to do is plan a fun activity/event for that day and brand it as “National Meadows Day” and let them know so that they can promote it on their website.

For more information about National Meadows Day or Save Our Magnificent Meadows please contact Fiona Perez at Plantlife at fiona.perez@plantlife.org.uk or 01722 342730

Create a Free App for Your Park

 
This link gives a step by step guide to set up a free App to create a trail around your park or for information about points of interest. Click Here

It has been set up by Love Parks in partnership with TiCL Media Ltd of Croydon and the National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces (NFPGS)
 
Why create an app?
  • TiCL App is a means for you to create a guide or trail in an area without having to put anything on the ground
  • TiCL App allows local area managers or Friends to 'geo locate' and link physical features (eg trees, sculpture, memorials) of the environment into trails 
  • TiCL App lets you photograph points of interest, add short descriptions and add links to the 'best' web information about each item
  • TiCL App allows Friends groups the ability to ‘brand’ their content .

Reconomics Plus - The Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation


The Sport and Recreation Alliance has launched Reconomics Plus, an online resource designed to help its members and the wider sector champion the value of outdoor recreation to the economy, health and to creating strong, vibrant local communities.

The new resource brings together the latest research and statistics to highlight the contribution of outdoor recreation in England. Produced in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, Reconomics Plus also reviews evidence on how outdoor recreation can play a role in improving the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing

Click here to download the report.

Good Practice in Social Prescribing for Mental Health Report


Natural England has published a new report, which explores prescribing for mental health outcomes in green spaces and how commissioning can be strengthened.

The pressures of modern living are coupled with increasing mental health issues.  Spending time in the natural environment is calming and it is the Government’s ambition that ‘everyone should have fair access to a good quality natural environment’.

Click here to read more and download the Report.
 

The Great British Spring Clean with Keep Britain Tidy


Keep Britain Tidy is launching its biggest-ever litter campaign, the Great British Spring Clean, to encourage half a million people to get out there and make sure where they live, work and shop is a clean appealing place they can be proud of. But, Keep Britain Tidy needs your support to make this happen.

The Spring Clean, which will take place from March 3rd - 5th, is being backed by charities such as the RSPCA and the Marine Conservation Society, central Government and organisations including Highways England and businesses including McDonald’s, Greggs,  Lidl, Costa, Wrigleys and Coca Cola. 

They are encouraging everyone to get involved, from town centre management organisations, schools and community groups to businesses and local councils. Over 200 councils are already signed up to take part, with more getting involved every day.  Register your organisation and organise or take part in a clean-up to show your support for the campaign.

Click here to take part, simply go to and register today. You can download resources to organise and publicise your event from the website and the official logo to brand your event as part of the national campaign.
Love Parks Week 2017 - 14 July to 23 July
As always Keep Britain Tidy are looking forward to hearing about the Love Parks Week events you are organising in your local parks and green spaces that are Love Parks Week themed.
 
You are welcome to arrange a specific Love Parks Week event or you can theme your event as a Love Parks Week event so they can help you promote your event, showcase your friends group.
 
They will bring you more news on Love Parks Week 2017 soon, but in the meantime please put these dates in your diary and bear Love Parks Week 2017 in mind when you are planning events in your park or green space.
 
Click here to register your event and find out more!
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