Liverpool City Council have made a pioneering commitment to legally protect all their parks and green spaces forever, ensuring they can never be sold off or built on.
What is happening?
Liverpool City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to commit to protect all of their parks and green spaces in perpetuity with green space charity Fields in Trust and ensure every citizen lives within a ten-minute walk of a legally protected green space. Initially, 20 spaces will be protected ensuring around 60% of Liverpudlians have a protected green space close to home.
Why is it important?
Parks and green spaces are good and they do good. They are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, relax, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build community spirit.
Liverpool has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with around 50% more cases per 100,000 residents than the national average. Local parks have been more important than ever during the pandemic. Not just green patches in our towns and cities but places to get outdoors, escape to nature and stay socially connected whilst physically distanced.
However, green spaces across the UK continue to be threatened with imminent loss. Provision of local parks is not a statutory service, meaning local authorities have no obligation to provide them for residents. Fields in Trust’s Green Space Index finds just 5.9% of Britain’s publicly accessible local green space is legally protected. In Liverpool, four hectares of green space is currently protected – just 0.32% of total provision.
Once delivered, Liverpool City Council’s vision will ensure both current and future generations of Liverpudlians will always have access to the benefits these spaces provide close to home.
At a time when the value of local parks is clearer than ever this is a first-of-its-kind vision to benefit both people and place and secure the health, wellbeing and community benefits green spaces provide. Thank you for your support in sharing this news with your networks.
More details are available on the Fields in Trust website: www.fieldsintrust.org/liverpool
– Liverpool City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to adopt a vision of ensuring access to green space in perpetuity for all its citizens.
– The initial phase of the programme will see 20 green spaces in Liverpool protected, including spaces in areas with acute strategic need and well-known destination parks. Future phases will identify further spaces for protection to achieve the overall vision.
– Fields in Trust is asking local residents and groups to share stories of the benefits that green spaces within Liverpool bring to their communities.
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Use the hashtag #GreenSpacesForGood and don’t forget to tag @FieldsInTrust and @lpoolcouncil when posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
In addition to the below, you might also like to share a fond memory you have of a green space in Liverpool that will now be protected in perpetuity, or celebrate a Friends of or community group whose hard work is now safeguarded by the knowledge their space will always be there.
Fantastic news for residents of Liverpool: all our city’s parks and green spaces will be protected with @FieldsInTrust, meaning they can never be built on or sold off. fieldsintru.st/liverpool #GreenSpacesForGood
One in six people in our city don’t have access to a garden. Liverpool’s parks are vital resources for us all and it’s right that access to green space is being guaranteed by @lpoolcouncil with @FieldsInTrust protection. fieldsintru.st/liverpool #GreenSpacesForGood
Our parks have been vital for communities across the city over the last year. @lpoolcouncil protecting 20 is a great start on the path to everyone in Liverpool living within a ten-minute walk of a green space protected with @FieldsInTrust. #GreenSpacesForGood
Delighted to hear [park name – phase one portfolio detailed below] will be protected with @FieldsInTrust as part of @lpoolcouncil’s green space vision to ensure all Liverpudlians have access to protected green space. fieldsintru.st/liverpool #GreenSpacesForGood
Exciting vision from @lpoolcouncil to protect all the city’s parks with @FieldsInTrust and ensure everyone has access to protected green space close to home. Looking forward to seeing which parks will be protected in phase two! #GreenSpacesForGood
So many of Liverpool’s much loved green spaces on the initial list for protection with @FieldsInTrust. Hope [park name] will be included by @lpoolcouncil in the next phase! fieldsintru.st/liverpool #GreenSpacesForGood
[Park name] has so many happy memories for me and has been a vital resource during #lockdown. Pleased to see it will be protected forever with @FieldsInTrust by @lpoolcouncil / please include it for @FieldsInTrust protection in the next phase @lpoolcouncil. #GreenSpacesForGood
– In the first phase, 20 parks and green spaces will be protected.
– Modelling has identified ten spaces to be protected based on their location in areas of acute strategic need for protected green space provision: Parkhill Public Open Space, Norris Green Park, Phythian Park, Stapleton Avenue Public Open Space, Thomas Lane Playing Fields, Walton Clubmoor Recreation Ground, Woodlands Park, Gore Street Public Open Space, St John’s Gardens and Falkner Square Gardens.
– Additionally, the first phase will protect the ten City Parks which are Liverpool City Council’s largest and most diverse park assets: Calderstones Park, Croxteth Country Park, Everton Park, Newsham Park, Otterspool Park & Promenade, Princes Park, Sefton Park, Stanley Park, Walton Hall Park, Wavertree Botanic Park & Gardens.
– The phase one portfolio is available in an online map at www.fieldsintrust.org/liverpool
– Fields in Trust’s evaluation of Liverpool’s green space shows that there is 25.3 square metres per person – around a quarter the size of a six-yard box on a football pitch – which is lower than the national average. Only four hectares – 0.32% – of Liverpool’s parks are currently protected. (Source: Fields in Trust Green Space Index)
– Fields in Trust’s Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research estimates the Wellbeing Value associated with the frequent use of local parks and green spaces as being worth £34.2 billion per year to the entire UK adult population. It also estimates parks and green spaces save the NHS around £111 million per year based solely on a reduction in GP visits and excluding any additional savings from prescribing or referrals.
– Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces also finds the value of parks and green spaces is higher for individuals from lower socio-economic groups. The proportion of residents in Liverpool from lower socio-economic groups (35.2%) is considerably above the national average (25.7%). (Source: Census 2011)
– 1 in 6 people in Liverpool (16%) have no access to a private or shared garden, compared to 1 in 8 people (12%) across Britain as a whole. Additionally, the average size of Liverpudlians’ private outdoor space (144.4m2) is less than half the average across Britain (332.7m2). (Source: ONS)
– The population of Liverpool is set to increase by 10.3% over the next 20 years which will have the impact of reducing the level of green space per person in the city, even if no green space is lost to development. Any loss of parks and green spaces would disproportionately impact the most disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, precisely those who value them the most. (Source: Fields in Trust Green Space Index)
– In Liverpool there have been 9,640.4 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population, compared to 6,339.4 cases per 100,000 population in the UK as a whole. (Source: Public Health England Coronavirus Tracker dashboard as of 18th March 2021)