Today we announced nearly £1.5 million funding and support by the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta. Together, we will be working with eight pioneering parks projects, supporting them to develop the most promising and innovative operating models for parks.
Projects will involve communities and councils working together to make the most of these vital community assets, including; forming parks foundations, nurturing and networking friends groups and generating new income streams through renewables and links with local businesses.
We hope to share and spread the learning from the programme to parks around the UK so are keen to hear from others who would like to find out more.
We hope that our grantees will benefit from being part of the Rethinking Parks programme. They will be attending a workshop in September to share best practices and further develop their project. We also want to use this programme for anyone who is interested in parks management systems. To that end, we will be blogging throughout the programme and sharing learning from projects. You can find updates on the Rethinking Parks project page and via the Nesta newsletter.