ParksMatch encourages parks and green space managers to share green space skills across the country and create mentoring projects.

Local authority parks departments are full of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff, but not all local authorities have the same skills and experience.

ParksMatch is designed to help staff find solutions to green space or parks problems and share success stories.

It has been supported by of some of the leading parks departments in England and is funded and supported by CABE Space and administered by the Institute of Parks and Green Space.

How it works

ParksMatch is a forum where parks and open space professionals can post requests for advice, offer help or share success. Others can help either by posting answers or offering support such as the chance to shadow one of their staff or learn how they approached and resolved a similar issue.

For example, an individual parks department may be trying to establish a network of community-run cafes.  They can post a question detailing what help they are looking for and receive support from a local authority who has done this already.

Discussion topics

Past topics and solutions include:

  • sustainable drainage and water efficiency
  • applying to HLF's Parks for People programme and restoration
  • public space asset transfer
  • social media for engagement
  • insurance for community groups
  • secured community access agreements
  • smoking in play areas
  • play area construction close to water
  • fencing of playgrounds and maintenance
  • personal career development and career advice
  • management and maintenance of the public realm
  • effective and efficient parks and open space services in a time of austerity
  • funding for management and maintenance plans
  • questions about NVQs
  • Barrier systems vs ANPR
  • volunteers in parks to combat anti-social behavior.