Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund are supporting a small number of pioneering innovations, with a focus on finding the new business models that will enable our parks to thrive for the next century.
Why are we doing this?
Like many other public services our public parks are under increasing pressure, with limited resources available for maintenance and management. Public sector funding for discretionary services like parks is projected to fall by 60 per cent or more over the next decade.
We need ambitious new business models, management tools and partnerships to create a more sustainable future for the way our parks are used and maintained. Not only could this lead to greater financial security for parks, it could also create new opportunities for employment and education, increased health and wellbeing, and greater biodiversity.
Find out more about the current challenges and opportunities for parks in our new report: Rethinking Parks: Exploring new business models for 21st century parks.
What are we doing?
We've opened a £1 million grant fund to back the best parks innovations, called Rethinking Parks.
As a result of a competitive open competition process, Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund UK and the Big Lottery Fund England selected 11 teams to work with so their new business models for parks could be tested and the impact of these ideas can be measured.