Publications and Links

The Park Keeper front cover

The Park Keeper

CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment)'s new report - Parks Need Parkforce - argues that a return to the days of on-site staff is essential to maintain and accelerate the remarkable revival seen in many neighbourhood parks over the last 10 years. CABE is calling on the Home Office to expand the remit of the 25,000 promised new community support officers to include park patrols, and to encourage this through its guidance to Police Authorities. CABE also urges every local authority in England to sign a pledge to develop and sustain investment in the people who care for their public spaces, building a skilled ‘parkforce'. Local authorities have also been asked to adopt a new ‘parkforce' identity for all their existing park staff and volunteers. The report charts the emergence of this new modern ‘parkforce', made up of wardens, rangers, youth workers, volunteers and environmentalists that are bringing about a revival of England's parks. Combining the knowledge and pride of the traditional parkie with a wide range of new skills, (such as fundraising, community policing and environmental skills) the new ‘parkforce' can reduce cultural and racial tensions, cut incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism and empower communities to become more involved in their own green spaces. English Heritage supports CABE's Parkforce campaign and has issued this 20-page leaflet charting the history of the park keeper.

Farming the historic landscape: Caring for Historic Parkland front coverFarming the Historic Landscape - Caring for historic parkland

This leaflet has been designed to help farmers, land managers and farm advisers identify historic parkland features and ensure their conservation through appropriate management

Download Farming the historic landscape: Caring for Historic Parkland [Pdf]

Parks Need People front coverParks Need People- The skills shortage in parks: a summary of research

New Research, commissioned by national environmental and green space agencies highlights that the professionals who plan, manage and maintain our parks, are a dying breed.

Download Parks Need People from the CABE Space web page [Pdf].


Public Parks AssessmentPublic Park Assessment

Published 2002
ISBN 0954266307
144 page full colour publication

Published in 2002 by the Urban Parks Forum, now a part of GreenSpace, the Public Park Assessment was a survey of local authority owned parks, focusing on parks of historic interest.

English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Countryside Agency and the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions funded this study.
The Public Park Assessment is the first major report on the state of the nation's public parks. It has produced major findings on: land types; land use; finance; condition and trend in condition; the effectiveness of conservation designations and visitor numbers.

For information on how to obtain a copy of the Public Park Assessment, please click here.

Streets For AllStreets for All: a Guide to the Management of London's Streets

English Heritage's streetscape manuals, Streets for All, set out principles of good practice for street management - such as reducing clutter, co-ordinating design and reinforcing local character. The eight manuals, covering each of the English regions, provide inspiration and advice on street design which reflects the region's historic character. These will be available on the website over the next month.

Further information is available from our Streets For All webpage.

Managing Local Authority
Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets - Some Guiding Principles for Decision-Makers

Endorsed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, this guidance is intended for the key decision makers responsible for the funding and care of council-owned heritage assets - local authority portfolio holders, corporate property officers, conservation specialists, facilities managers and corporate estate architects and building surveyors. The aim of the guidance is to promote and encourage appropriate standards in the management of these assets and high quality design in new work related to them. 

PDF summary (45k) of the findings is available to download.



Making it Safe - Post-Conference ReportMaking it Safe - Post-Conference Report

Featuring Enhancing historic landscapes and improving social amenity.

Jon Livesey, English Heritage's National Security Advisor, presented this paper during the Greater London Authority Making it Safe conference. A transcript of this paper is available to download [Pdf].

Making it Safe was funded and sponsored by the Government Office for London, Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. It was organised by the London Parks and Green Spaces Forum and GreenSpace, and supported by English Heritage.

For further information on the Making it Safe conference and to obtain a post-conference report, please click here.

Useful Links

CABE Space

Set up in 2003 by ODPM, CABE Space aims to bring excellence to the design, management and maintenance of parks and public space. Their web site includes publications on green space strategies and park management plans.

The Civic Trust

The Civic Trust promotes progressive improvements in the quality of urban life for communities throughout the United Kingdom. It is Britain's leading charity devoted to enhancing the quality of life in Britain's cities, towns and villages: the places where people live, work, shop and relax.


Summer Celebration logoGreenSpace is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help those committed to the planning, design, management and use of public parks and open spaces.  English Heritage and partners commissioned GreenSpace - formerly the Urban Parks Forum - to undertake the Public Park Assessment report published in 2001.  This report and other publications like Your Parks (also sponsored by English Heritage) are available on the GreenSpace web site.

Over the summer season GreenSpace's Summer Celebration wesbite provides the ability to search for events happening in parks and green spaces throughout the UK

London Parks and Gardens Trust

The London Parks and Gardens Trust works to promote and enhance the capital's green open spaces. In addition to running Open Garden Squares Weekend,, the trust leads walks in London's green spaces, organises lectures, conferences and study days, produces an academic journal (The London Gardener) and a newsletter (London Landscapes), has created, and maintains, an inventory of over 2,200 London historical green spaces, educates young students about parks through a web-based learning tool, and monitors planning applications for their impact on parks.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)

The Government's vision is for cleaner, safer, greener communities.  The key documents like Sustainable communities: building for the future, Living Places- Cleaner, Safer, Greener and the Urban Green Space Taskforce reports can be found under ODPM's Urban Policy section.  Planning Policy Guidance PPG 17 Open Space, Sport and Recreation is under Planning.

Heritage Lottery Fund

English Heritage works closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund on its Public Parks Initiative and Townscape scheme.  The HLF funded over £510 million to more than 1,600 projects for countryside, parks and gardens.  Information on their grants and publications is available on their web site.

London Parks and Green Spaces Forum

The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum (LPGSF) was established in 2001 through the combined efforts of a number of organisations that shared an interest and involvement in the delivery of park and green space services in and around London. The overall aim of the London Parks and Green Spaces Forum is to promote a network of accessible quality green space, as a major contribution towards a healthier and more sustainable world city.

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