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Groundwork CEO to join Government Parks Action Group'

Posted on 19 September 2017

Groundwork CEO, Graham Duxbury has been appointed to the newly formed 'Parks Action Group' to be announced today by Parks and Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones MP.

The Parks Action Group is made up of horticultural, leisure, heritage and tourism experts that will work together and share expertise to tackle the issues facing local parks and greenspace and kick-start discussions about ensuring communities have access to high-quality parks and green spaces. 

£500,000 has been pledged to fund this project that will work to take on board the Government's response to the recent Local Government Select Committee report into the future of parks and greenspace. 

The Action Group will propose what steps can be taken in line with the Government response to the recent House of Common's Communities and Local Government Select Committee report into the future of parks and green spaces.  

Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork said: 

"Making sure that all communities and all sections of society are able to enjoy the benefits of good green spaces is vital. Joining a local group can help young people develop their skills and older people overcome loneliness.  Well managed green spaces can also help whole neighbourhoods cope with the costly impacts of climate change. We look forward to helping the action group unlock more practical support so that local communities and local authorities can maximise these social and economic benefits."

Speaking ahead of a visit to Groundwork's 'Green Patch' project in Kettering, Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones said:

"The Green Patch is a lesson in the importance of parks intheir communities.  It's a great space providing somewhere for people to get out, learn and play.  

"Parks and green spaces like this breathe air back into our towns and cities, and give people opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.

"We need to do more to make sure that future generations continue to enjoy these benefits and that's why Government is committed to working closely with the sector to find the right solutions."

The Green Patch is on the edge of a nearby housing estate and allows residents to access local green space and get involved with maintaining and enjoying the site.  It contains a flower garden, polytunnel, pond, orchard and a play area for children and is home to a variety of livestock and wildlife - including beehives.  

The Green Patch is used as a venue for various projects for children, adults and disabled people, including afterschool clubs, supported adult volunteering, employment training programmes and horticultural therapy sessions.  In July 2016 The Green Patch won a Green Flag award.  

VIDEO:  Green Patch users describe the difference it makes to their communities.  

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