Why should we invest in parks? Evidence from the Parks for People programme


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Dempsey N, Dobson J, Eadson W, Harris C, Parkes S, Speake B

Year of Publication:
2021

Publisher(s):
Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Building on evidence from the rapid evidence review “Space to Thrive”, which was published by The Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund in January 2020, this latest report focuses on the social benefits which can be achieved from investment in parks,focusing on six in-depth case studies in six selected parks across the UK.

This evaluation was conducted by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, along with colleagues at the University of Sheffield and Urban Pollinators Ltd. The research team conducted six in-depth case studies in six selected parks: Alexandra Park, Manchester; Boultham Park, Lincoln; Grosvenor & Hilbert Park, Tunbridge Wells; Myatt’s Field, Lambeth; Saughton Park, Edinburgh; Stafford Orchard, Quorn, Leicestershire. It was found that investment in parks had positive impacts across six policy challenges:
• Improving health and wellbeing
• Reducing isolation and loneliness
• Increasing public participation
• Tackling inequalities
• Connecting people with nature
• Growing local economies

In addition to the case studies, interviews were carried out with park users in Saughton Park, Stafford Orchard and Grosvenor & Hilbert Park about their experiences of using the parks during the first Covid-19 lockdown in Spring 2020. For many of these park users, their local parks provided an important space for wellbeing, exercise and connecting with nature during the lockdown period.



Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Eadson, W., Harris, C., Parkes, S., Speake, B., Dobson, J., Dempsey, N. (2021). Why should we invest in parks? Evidence from the Parks for People programme. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University/ Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.