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28 Apr 2011
Groundwork is calling for people to make vows
similar to those
that will be made during the Royal wedding
Leading environmental regeneration charity Groundwork is today
calling on the nation to show its commitment to local green spaces
by vowing to love and to cherish them for better or for worse, and
for richer or poorer as part of a campaign highlighting the crucial
role they play in building stronger communities.
The call for people to make these vows – similar to those that
will be made during tomorrow’s Royal wedding – is part of Groundwork’s ‘Urban Oasis’ campaign, which urges
people to love their local green space or lose it in the face of
ever increasing budgetary pressures for green space
Almost half of local authority green space teams face deeper
budget cuts than those imposed elsewhere in their
Findings from a
GreenSpace survey of 63 local authorities reveal that 82% of
local authority parks and green space teams face budget cuts of
Other figures reveal that 80 per cent expect quality standards
to fall while 67 per cent report they won’t be able to keep sites
as beautiful and aesthetically appealing.
Groundwork chief executive, Tony Hawkhead, said:
“Groundwork has been passionate about creating and improving
great outdoor places for community benefit for 30 years and, in our
experience, people care passionately about their local green space
– right down to the smallest pocket of a park in a housing
“They are inexpensive places where people, particularly the
most disadvantaged, can meet friends, exercise, stay healthy and
enjoy a sense of well-being – all crucial ingredients of a better
and stronger society.
“As the figures from the GreenSpace survey show, our patches of
nature are coming under increasing threat from all angles and now,
more than ever, we need to find new ways of securing their
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