With increasing pressures of budgets and difficult decisions being made we now have to think of new ways in which we will fund and manage our parks and open spaces for the future.
Volunteering is happening on our parks and open spaces. Great things are being achieved by volunteers - either through Friends groups, corporate groups, organised sessions or as individuals. The Public Realm Service (Parks and Open Space Team and Streetscene Team) recognises that the current volunteer experience could be improved.
A review of our current volunteering has taken place and this has identified how we can develop a new volunteer programme which will offer a wide range of opportunities and support our volunteers better, enabling us all to continue to improve our parks and open spaces. We are now developing the volunteer programme and piloting some new ways of working and opportunities.
It is important for us to understand what people want and need from their parks in Nottingham. This is why consultation and community engagement will be an area which we will be giving a lot of focus.
We want to ensure that we have an in-depth understanding of what our residents want and need from their parks and open spaces now and in the future. We’d love to hear from you, whether you use parks or not.
Blue infrastructure refers to water elements, like rivers, canals, ponds, wetlands, floodplains, water treatment facilities, etc.
Green infrastructure refers to trees, lawns, hedgerows, parks, fields, forests, etc. These terms come from urban planning and land-use planning.
As part of the support that the National Trust are giving us, we had a unique and exciting opportunity where the National Trust visited Nottingham in November 2019. Their visit concentrated on going to see a number of our parks to see what they offer and provide ideas for possible future developments.
During their visit the National Trust met with key groups and teams from the Council and local communities allowing them to gain a picture of how we operate as a city and understand the value of our parks to our communities. We were overwhelmed with the support we had from colleagues, partners and the community.