We need to stop referring to parks as a non-statutory service. These very words imply it’s not important when, in reality, our parks and green spaces are an essential part of all of communities so should be treated as such. They provide so much, and we all take it for granted. I would go as far as to say they are essential infrastructure and should receive the same priority as our roads and railways.
We owe it to the tens of thousands of people that have sadly died and the many thousands more in the NHS and key services that have pulled us through this to bring a legacy of change and improvement as part of a proper green recovery.
A legacy whereby our parks and green spaces are part of integrated thinking around sustainable inclusive communities, providing equal access to quality parks and green spaces in every neighbourhood, delivering on health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change and community cohesion.