The Parks Action Group

The Parks Action Group (PAG) was launched as part of the government’s response to the House of Common’s Communities and Local Government Select Committee report into the future of parks and green spaces to help England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future. PAG includes experts from the world of parks and green spaces and is tasked with bringing forward proposals to address some of the issues faced by public parks and other green spaces across England.

As part of this work TPA is working closely with key interests in the Parks sector and across government to prepare a Business Case for Parks that will set out the social, economic and environmental returns that can be secured for local communities, government and the private sector from continued investment into our much loved parks and green spaces.

The Parks Minister chairs the PAG whose members are:

  • Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape & Natural Heritage UK, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Matthew Bradbury, CEO, Nene Park and Chair of The Parks Alliance
  • Graham Duxbury, CEO, Groundwork
  • Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields In Trust
  • Ian Leete, Senior Advisor on Culture, Tourism and Sport, Local Government Association
  • Dave Morris, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
  • Paul O’Brien, CEO, Association of Public Service Excellence
  • Ellie Robinson, Assistant Director, National Trust
  • Dave Solly, Natural England

The Parks Action Group’s recommendations will be implemented through a cross-government group bringing together the relevant government departments including:

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Department of Health (DH)
  • Department for Education (DfE)
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
  • Home Office (HO)
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)