Carl McClean, Keep Britain Tidy (UK)
Safeguarding investment – A park is for life…not just the Expo.
The UK’s Heritage Lottery Funds ‘Parks for People’ funding scheme has awarded in excess of £800million in grants for UK public parks over 20 years. As part of their standard terms and conditions, the funders used the International Green Flag Award scheme to annually monitor the ongoing condition of each project - post completion, to ensure that their investment was being adequately maintained. With huge amounts of parks and green space investment now being realised in many cities around the world, how can parks professionals ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate resources for ongoing management and maintenance in the current economic and political climate.