Parks and green spaces are an integral part of daily life. Well managed parks and green spaces can encourage visitors, and enhance social inclusion and cohesion and provide opportunities for exercise – especially for young people. However, poor quality spaces, scarred by the evidence of vandalism and neglect, dominated by single groups and anti-social behaviour, can be a blight on any community.
In some areas, the green space stock of social landlords is estimated to be equal to, or greater than, the amount of green space owned and managed by the local authority.
We want to test innovative approaches/tools to support local people to survey and assess their green spaces. This will support residents at a local level and by capturing information in a consistent way across the country, enable it to feed into social landlord’s improvement and maintenance planning and over time build into a national dataset.