Effectively Managing Parks & Green Spaces

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Ian Leete, Senior Adviser - Culture, Tourism and Sport, Local Government Association (LGA)
  • Dave Morris, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
  • Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields In Trust
  • Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management, The Land Trust
  • Paul Todd, Accreditation Manager, Green Flag Award
  • Paul Rabbitts, Head of Parks, Open Spaces & Projects, Watford Borough Council
  • Susan Biddle, Healthy Communities Consultant (Event Chair)


Parks and green spaces serve an essential function in communities across the country, contributing significantly to the health and wellbeing of local citizens. However, the Communities and Local Government Committee recently warned that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline if effective governance and funding arrangements are not put in place. 

Responding to the Committee's report, the Government has committed to setting up a Parks Action Group to be chaired by the Minister for Parks and Green Spaces and including representatives from the LGA, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces and Fields in Trust, which will look into the future of parks and green spaces.

Join this timely Westminster Briefing event on the 30th of November for an up-to-date brief on the Government’s policies affecting parks and learn how to make the most of your green spaces. This is a unique opportunity to hear practical examples of effective park management from around the country, learn how to generate income using your green spaces and discover ways to produce positive health outcomes for your community.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Work of the Parks Action Group looking at the future of parks and green spaces 
  • Collaboration between local authorities and Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce joint green spaces and public health strategies
  • Different models of green space ownership and governance
  • Managing competing demands over the use of green spaces
  • Using resources effectively and attracting private income in the face of tight budgets
  • Best practice in effectively managing parks & green spaces from around the country
  • Practical examples of using green spaces to generate income
  • Promoting sport and physical exercise in local parks and green spaces to produce positive health outcomes

About the event:

The morning session will focus on the governance of parks and green spaces, including local strategies, different ownership and governance models and income generation.

The afternoon session will look at best practice examples of the effective management of parks and green spaces from across the country. This session will be highly interactive and will provide you with practical guidance to take back and implement in your setting.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in parks and green spaces,such as Parks Management Officers; Public Health Managers; Parks Managers; Health & Wellbeing Development Officers; Heads of Parks & Open Spaces; Parks Technical Supervisors; Parks Development Officers; Principal Parks Officers; Parks & Environment Managers; Public Spaces Managers; Greenspace Managers; Green Space Team Leaders; Grounds Maintenance Managers; Streetscene & Landscape Managers; Environmental Services Managers; Public Realm Managers; Outdoor Facilities Managers; Directors of Leisure & Development; Community Leisure Managers; Directors of Culture & City Development; and Events Authorising Officers.

For registration enquiries please contact: 
Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com or call 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: William.Walker-Lane@westminster-briefing.com

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Thursday 30th November 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Charity Rate | 1 place: £195| 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT

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