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Work begins on guide to safeguarding public parks

(23 March 2017)

Work has begun on the co-production of a guide to good practice to inform community engagement and sustainable management models for public parks. Initiating this guide was the focus of a workshop hosted this week by the Understanding Everyday Participation project (which is led by Professor Andrew Miles, School of Social Sciences), and The Whitworth in the Art Gallery and Park.

The event, ‘Valuing Parks and their Communities’,centredon the values and practices of community engagement in public parks. It considered the recommendations of the recent CLG Select Committee on the Future of Public Parks, which identified issues concerning the competing demands and inequalities of access among different user groups.  Participants discussed these in the light of recent University of Manchester research and the work of cultural institutions and community groups. Attendees included representatives from Manchester City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, community groups and the National Trust.

A copy of the completed guide will be publically available through the Understanding Everyday Participation website.

For more information or to get involved please contact Abigail.gilmore@manchester.ac.uk, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, or andrew.miles@manchester.ac.uk and charlene.linton@manchester.ac.uk, School of Social Sciences.