The Parks Alliance comments on Heritage Lottery Fund report ’20 Years in 12 Places’
The Heritage Lottery Fund released 20 Years in 12 Places: 20 years of Lottery funding for Heritage Lottery Fund this morning.
Key findings of the report show:
- Major attractions and parks have the highest levels of awareness and engagement.
- Parks have the greatest impact on residents quality of life.
Mark Camley, Chair of The Parks Alliance, the voice of UK parks, said:
“This research shows parks are an essential part of UK life, culture and heritage. People value parks as places to play, walk their dogs, rest, exercise and spend time together all year round. The Heritage Lottery Fund is playing a crucial role in improving a number of parks but against a backdrop of cuts that are pushing thousands of green spaces across the UK to the brink of a crisis. There is an urgent need to invest in and protect important services that parks provide, including tackling public health problems and creating habitat for our wildlife.”
To coincide with 20 years of investment into the UK’s heritage amounting to over £6billion, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) commissioned Britain Thinks to conduct in-depth research in 12 towns and cities representative of the UK population. The aim was to better understand the public’s view of that National Lottery investment and to see to what extent it had made places better to live and work in or visit.
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Hayley Hannan: 020 7685 2658, firstname.lastname@example.org