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28 August 2012

Parks & Open Spaces

Do we still need nature reserves?
The Guardian
On a curve of soft sand are the broad hieroglyphics made by seals hauling themselves above the tideline the previous night. As the sea slips away again, hundreds of these beige and brown bananas sunbathe on distant sandbanks, between ribbons of blue water.

Blakeney Point celebrates its centenary t... more

The Nature of Green Belts
The future of England’s Green Belts has been in the news again. Our colleagues over at the Campaign to Protect Rural England have published a map of Green Belts under threat. Housing minister Grant Shapps has re-iterated the Government’s commitment to protect the Green Belt.

Green Belt is a long-e... more

Make Parks a Priority
Horticultural Week
Disproportionate cuts to parks' maintenance budgets, many green space professionals fear, could lead to "a return to the near-terminal spiral of decline in which parks found themselves in the 1970s and 1980s."

Exacerbating the difficulties is an absence at national level of any department with a w... more


Planting the seeds for community grown food
Communities & Local Government
New, simple 'how to' advice to inspire communities to spot a plot of disused green spaces in their local area to use for food growing was published today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

A recent survey revealed that nearly two thirds of adults want to grow their own food. Unfortunately it i... more

Placemaking Connects People to the Environment by Connecting Them to Each Other
Project for Public Spaces
The dialogue generated around the idea of “Placemaking as a New Environmentalism” is showing that this matter of how to engage with building sustainable spaces and places resonates with people across professions. In particular, Kaid Benfield’s articles from earlier this year, Is placemaking a ‘new e... more


Potential funding for community green spaces
Communities & Local Government
This document sets out the potential funding available to community and voluntary organisations to start either a food growing or community orchards project. It identifies the different grant schemes open to local groups, green spaces, allotment organisations or trusts, and also where to go to get h... more

Children & Young People

The Abuse of Overparenting
I recently watched my 11-year-old nephew play basketball in his local league. As I took in the scene of the freshly polished court, the paid referees, illuminated scoreboard, and live buzzers, I couldn’t help but think how grown up my nephew and his team had become. There they were independently tak... more
Make Time to Play
Play England
This review is part of a wider enquiry conducted by Play England and the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) for the Make Time to Play campaign.

The review gives an overview of the importance of play for children's health, well-being and development, as well as discussing the benefits of play... more

Would you let your childrenplay in the street?
The Independent
On the pavement outside my front gate is a giant chalk princess, flanked by two lopsided hopscotch pitches and a gallery of indistinguishable squiggles. The artists? The children in my street.

This summer, for the first time in 20 years, the pavement has become a playground again. There have been ... more

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