2. Involve residents

Encourage local residents, of all ages, to play an active role in deciding what their open spaces should be like, how they could be used and how they should be looked after.

© Alys Tomlinson

© Alys Tomlinson

All improvements should be led by residents’ needs and aspirations and it is important that they are involved at each stage of the process. Better and longer-term resident participation can be developed using techniques such as CABE’s Spaceshaper tool for both adults and children.

Green Pennant Award

The Green Flag Plus Partnership’s Green Pennant Award is the national award that recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary and community groups. All community green spaces are eligible to enter as long as they are freely accessible to all and unlocked as much as possible.

The National Communities Centre

The National Communities Resource Centre is a registered charity offering training and support to all those living and working in low-income areas throughout the UK to develop their skills, confidence and capacity to tackle problems. Trafford Hall has developed its successful Training First model and provides small seed funding grants, to enable community groups to have a practical and positive impact on their local community.