We use some essential cookies to make this website work.
We’d like to set additional cookies to understand how you use forestresearch.gov.uk, remember your settings and improve our services.
The UK’s urban parks and gardens are important in the lives of many today, whether for exercise and recreation, contemplation and meditation or general appreciation of open spaces and wildlife.
Government now places a high priority on urban green spaces, leading to increased funding to reverse the decline of historic public parks over past decades. Funding programmes include the joint initative between the Big lottery fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People and less directly the Big lottery fund for Community Wildlife.
The priority for improving urban parks and gardens is reflected in calls for increasing standards and the regeneration of space for new parks and gardens. Initiatives for the continued upkeep of existing parks and gardens have led to the subsequent creation of awards for successful sites, and these include:
Community garden schemes have also been organised across the UK that reclaim urban land for the growth of food and plants as neighbourhood community projects. The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) supports local groups in managing farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces to help empower communities in deprived areas to make a positive impact on their local environment. The projects provide a new outlook on the future usage of urban greenspaces.
Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.
We use 3 types of cookie. You can choose which cookies you're happy for us to use.
These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form. They always need to be on.
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about: how you got to the site the pages you visit on forestresearch.gov.uk and how long you spend on each page what you click on while you're visiting the site
Some forestresearch.gov.uk pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.