The first Rethinking Parks programme was a £1 million fund supporting 11 projects to test new ideas for funding our public parks. We worked with teams across the UK, providing grant funding, specialist support, networking opportunities, and time for reflection and challenge, to test which approaches had the most promise.
These projects showed creative ways of working that offered real potential to scale and replicate. They projects tested alternative models of management, new uses of buildings, business engagement methods, voluntary giving and using parks as a space to upskill the community.
The open call for ideas was supported by a report, Rethinking Parks: Exploring New Business Models for Parks in the 21st Century.
You can read more about each project below, including individual project publications where available.