How can we protect them?
The Communities and Local Government Committee launches an inquiry into public parks (like Wells Park seen above) to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.
⚫ There are an estimated 27,000 public parks in Britain
⚫ Local authorities have no statutory duty to fund and maintain public parks
⚫ A 2014 report by the Heritage Lottery Fund found 86 per cent of parks managers had seen cuts to their budgets since 2010
⚫ An estimated 2.6bn visits are made to public parks each year
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