The future of parks and their positive impact on wellbeing

The future of parks and their positive impact on wellbeing

We held a free seminar with Nesta and Good Practice Wales on the future of parks and their positive impact on wellbeing.

In the current financial climate, many of our parks are facing an uncertain future, putting their management and maintenance at risk. This seminar looked at the current challenges and showed innovations already making an impact. Delegates were able to take away ideas on how to scope out the areas which have the greatest potential for innovation and how to ensure parks are sustainable in future.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have successfully supported the restoration and revitalisation of many UK parks for the last decade. Nesta has now teamed up with both organisations to offer an exciting new programme to surface parks innovations.

We need new visions of how parks can be managed differently, how they can empower communities and be sustainable. It’s time to re-imagine parks.

Who the event was aimed at

This seminar was aimed at public and third sector managers and officers responsible for:

  • Local Government
  • National Park Authorities
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Housing
  • Fire and police authorities
  • Central Government
  • Inspectorates
  • Social enterprises/community groups


  1. Parks around the world [PDF 3.6MB Opens in new window] - Lydia Ragoonanan, Nesta
  2. Go to the Park - Adopting ecological and permaculture techniques [PDF 5.7MB Opens in new window] - Simon Goff, Burnley Council
  3. Supporting our parks - Digital giving technologies [PDF 3MB Opens in new window] - Michael Rowland, Bournemouth Borough Council
  4. Lambeth GP Food Co-op: A model for healthy living [PDF 900KB Opens in new window] - Ed Rosen, Lambeth GP Food Co-op
  5. Actif Woods Wales - Getting healthy the woodland way [PDF 8.2 Opens in new window] - Kate Hamilton and Amie Andrews, Actif Woods Wales

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05 November 2015
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