Many people take parks for granted expecting them to be maintained as they always have been, ready for when they want to walk their dogs, take their children out to play, have a game of football or frisbee, meet friends, go for a run, sit quietly and listen to the birdsong...the list is endless. And all these things contribute to the various priorities of the government and its agencies - community cohesion, health improvement, economic regeneration, habitats for wildlife, sustainability etc.
The quiet reduction in budgets for keeping our treasured parks in good repair over the last decade is a bit like driving a narrow boat on a canal: it takes a long time for the impact of the hand on the wheel to be seen in the direction of the boat. Year on year reductions in budgets (and its been going on for longer than the 2008 financial crisis) are starting to become visible and will have some serious consequences.
So take the time to fill out the questionnaire if you have one or to ask for one if you think you should have one (they are for Local Authority Parks Managers and Friends Groups) and let's make this report an important milestone in the journey of our parks into one of the "senior" services in the public sector - the one no one can do without. Help to make a big noise here http://www.cfpuk.co.uk/stateofukparks/