A quick look at the best bits the web has to offer the world of parks
(Incidentally, if you can think of a more original name for this new feature we’re canvassing suggestions! Use the comment below or tweet us)
1) Another piece of research concludes ‘investment in parks and green spaces should be seen as an investment in public health‘.
Released on Wednesday, this study, commissioned by NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, through the Heart of Wigan Partnership, has drawn the same conclusion as countless others, proving the ability for green space to reduce health inequalities. The evidence is there – now we need policy makers to act on it.
OK, chances are you’re not reading this from your desk in Chicago, but this is still relevant. It’s a fantastic summary – including case studies – of different initiatives that communities and councils alike can draw upon in order to maximise the space in any given urban area.
When we posted this on Twitter, @anglianpandw replied:
“All common sense things. In the UK it would get bogged down in consultation I suspect. Someone will always object.”
What do you think?
3) Championed by Steven Fry and various TVnetworks this week was Streetlife.
The cute video on their homepage explains it much better than we ever could – well worth a look. a new social network aimed at linking you up with people in your neighbourhood.
4) Save a space with Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II’s Fields Challenge.
The quickest and easiest thing you’ll ever do to help protect green space near you. Enter a postcode to find all your local nominated field and vote for the one you think should be preserved for future generations. 2,012 will be given protected status to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee next year.
5) This Guardian piece on How councils and community groups can work together, following NCVO’s new best practise guide. It’s uplifting stuff, and shows that change is possible, and authorities do listen.
Here’s the video to Blur’s Parklife, which features substantially less green space than you’d imagine.