Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said:
We're pleased that the Government has started taking action to protect the parks and green spaces that offer so many benefits to local communities. We know that good quality, accessible green spaces close to where people live can make a fundamental difference to our quality of life and our connection to nature, but that those benefits aren't evenly spread across society. We also know that people of all ages and backgrounds want to play their part in protecting these vital community assets but that many feel they lack the confidence, skills or support to get involved.
This new funding – and the promise of more to come - is a good start. The next step is to ensure we put a stronger support system in place so that community groups can work alongside local councils to make their green spaces the heart of vibrant and sustainable neighbourhoods. This means better resources, stronger networks and more access to professional support. It also means equipping and empowering more young people to become active champions of our shared environment. As last week’s mass action showed, young people are passionate advocates of a better environment. Becoming active champions of the environment on their doorstep is a practical step many can take.
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