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The campaign to help save and protect green spaces and encourage more outdoor activity has gathered momentum in the UK recently following the launch of a campaign by lobbying group 38 Degrees. Although the petition has now closed Alpha Rail is backing the appeal for more to be done to save our UK parks.

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38 degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities with millions of members. Every day they campaign on issues that matter and one petition that has captured the UK’s interest is one that attempts to protect the UK’s green space and parkland. Before the petition closed it attracted the signatures of over 270,000 people who felt strongly about the issue.

Recent reports from the Heritage Lottery Fund have proved that 57% of adults use their parks, whilst 90% of households with young children visit their park at least once a month. However, these figures are contrasted against the fact that 92% of parks managers are reporting cuts to their revenue budget over the last 3 years with expectations that their budget will be further cut by 20% over the next 3 years. With an increased concern that local parks will be starved of local funding, it is clear that there is a growing deficit between the rising use of parks and the declining resources that are available to manage them. This gap does not bode well for the future condition and health of the nation’s public parks

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Due to the amount of signatures, and the Heritage Lottery reports, a group of MP’s are now looking into the crisis and are beginning to question whether or not it should be made a legal requirement to protect our parklands.

Commenting, Alpha Rail, Sales Director Phil Ball said “It is a sorry state of affairs when we start to see our parks become run down or closed due to a lack of funding. We have seen an increasing occurrence up and down the country of local councils considering making a charge for the public to use the parks facilities or where they are trying, or have decided to transfer ownership and the responsibility for operation to the private sector.”

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No matter if you’re discovering your local park for the first time or you have used it your entire life, parks are for everyone, and are there to be used in all weather conditions. If they aren’t protected we are in danger of seeing them sold off to private companies, forcing us to pay for the pleasure or even worse, being closed all together and thus we’ll lose the magic of those childhood memories of playing on swings, roundabouts and slides.

Unfortunately, however it is now time to wait and see whether our MP’s can present a worthy case that will force the government to do more for our local parks and communities. The campaign is seeking to ensure that looking after our parks is made a legal requirement by the government. We wish the lobbyists the best of luck and appeal to everyone reading this article to show their support and lobby their local MP. Please click this link to read a copy of the 38 degrees saving our parks report.

 

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