This website promotes and helps to embed community empowerment in the management of green spaces throughout the UK.
It is a ‘one-stop shop’ of information compiled by and for Friends Groups activists and managed by the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces – the umbrella organisation for the UK movement of over 7,000 local Friends Groups.
We aim to support Friends’ groups across the country to feel better equipped and more confident in their active involvement with their local green space. We identify and promote key elements and examples of community action and empowerment and how that can be encouraged, developed and supported. We are also creating a range of useful tools and practices to enable this to happen.
The site was originally set up by the Friends of Lordship Rec in London with Lottery grant funding via NESTA (an innovation agency for social good) of £145,000 (from Sept 2018 to March 2021) as part of the ‘Rethinking Parks’ programme. The purpose of this fund was to find and replicate the best ideas and models available for the overall management, maintenance and development of parks. In April 2021 the PCUK team and work was integrated into the NFPGS (National Federation of Parks and Greenspaces – see www.natfedparks.org.uk for more strategic information about the wider movement.