The members of the Parks Alliance have a justifiable reputation for innovation in challenging conditions. However, recent years have seen dwindling resources for green spaces in the UK. This makes little sense when parks and green spaces provide a cost effective leisure and healthy living option for the public – and one which is frequently cited as being key to happiness and wellbeing by the general public.

We are concerned, too, about the future. We want to ensure a workforce that is able to lead and innovate in the face of challenges from poor public health and climate change – as well as contributing to the UK’s wealth.