Parks and Open Space Strategies

We carry out strategic reviews of parks, open spaces and green space for County and District Councils

Open Space Strategy for the London Borough of Richmond

richmond-resized Joint lead consultant in the preparation of an Open Spaces Strategy for the London Borough of Richmond. The Strategy explores options for the management and funding of parks and open spaces across the Borough, including traditional Borough funding, partnerships, social enterprise and increased direct involvement by Friends Groups.

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South Downs Way Ahead Nature Improvement Area (NIA)

south-downs-copy2 Lead role in developing a successful Stage 1 Application to the Natural England NIA scheme, prepared on behalf of the South Downs Way Ahead NIA partnership.

This partnership aims to bring together land managers and farmers, conservation and voluntary organisations, government bodies and water companies actively engaged in all aspects of the conservation and management of the South Downs chalk, with a view to improving ecosystem services, biodiversity, ecological health and sustainable management across rural and urban communities within and around the NIA.

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Green Spaces Audits

Ealing-resized Our experience in green and open spaces audits includes:

  • Parks and open spaces audit of over 100 sites in the London Borough of Ealing. The audit has informed the first update of the Borough Parks and Opens Spaces Strategy and the LDF Framework.
  • Green Flag audits of parks in support of HLF funded applications through the 'Parks for People' scheme.
  • Audit and evaluation of the nature conservation interest and potential of parks and open spaces in Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Evaluation of the nature conservation interest and potential of Wildlife Corridors in Tunbridge Wells

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South Essex Greengrid Sustainable Land Management Review

Essex-green-grid-resized Overview of sustainable land management and the relevance and viability of techniques and practices to the South Essex Greengrid Area. The strategy evaluated management opportunities for a range of landscape 'types' such as Urban Greenways, Transport Corridors, Brownfield sites and Urban Fringe (taken forward as the overall Greengrid Strategy), in terms of priority, viability, funding and resourcing, and stewardship options. The review assessed opportunities associated with existing funding streams such as Environmental Stewardship as well as new opportunities, for instance through bio-fuel energy generation.

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CABE Space Enabling for Strategic Land Management

CABE Space Enablers for:

  • River Nene Regional Park - Green Infrastructure Project: coordinator of CABE Space enablers team
  • Lee Valley Regional Park - Strategic Park Plan: team member reviewing process and structure for establishing the Plan
  • Olympic Legacy Park - Benchmark Study: long term management and costs
  • Liverpool Garden Festival site - long term management options

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Local Government: Green Space Reviews

roadresized An assessment of options for the long term resourcing and management of the countryside estate for West Sussex County Council. The study compared options for the management of the estate through partnerships with private and/or public bodies and organisations, outsourcing and continuation of the in-house team.

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Other projects

  • Full audit of park infrastructure and facilities prepared for Battersea Park
  • Review of funding options and opportunities for Priory Park, Reigate
  • Review of nature conservation interest and potential of parks and open spaces in Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Study of the potential to develop a network of wildlife corridors in Tunbridge Wells