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A park is for life…not just the Expo

Speaker Name


Carl McClean, Keep Britain Tidy (UK)


Speaker Profile

Carl McClean is the International Development Manager for the Green Flag Award, an expanding parks and green space accreditation scheme now celebrating over 1,800 annual winners across 14 countries worldwide.

Whilst studying Horticulture: Landscape and Amenity Management at Writtle College, Essex, he researched the benefits of community involvement in parks and green space through public art, and has nurtured a passion for improving public green spaces ever since.

In 2009, at 25 years old Carl became the youngest parks manager in the UK and formed part of a regeneration team with North Tyneside Council that oversaw millions of pounds of investment into public green space in what was one of Englands most deprived regions. Whilst managing public parks for 7 years, he was also a volunteer judge with the scheme for which he now works.


Abstract title


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.