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APSE Parks Seminar 2017

APSE Parks Seminar 2017

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The world’s population is becoming increasingly more urbanised and as a result, the demand on green spaces has become greater, both in terms of areas for new development and equally as opportunities for public recreation.

Parks and the wider green infrastructure is now acknowledged as having a critical role in improving the nation’s health and general wellbeing. By providing places for exercise, cultural events, and for everyday contact with the environment, parks show themselves to be a vital part of our lives especially as many of us are now increasingly confined to home, commuting and our places of work.
Despite their value, parks and greenspaces are facing unprecedented budgetary cuts which are threatening their future existence. The APSE 2016 State of the Market Survey on Parks, revealed that over 90% of parks managers expected revenue for parks to decrease in 2016/17 and 69% expect reductions in capital investment.

It is against this backdrop of ongoing budget reductions, APSE’s 2017 Annual Parks Seminar intends to give colleagues some hope, by exposing them to innovative approaches to securing the long-term future of these valuable environmental assets.

The seminar is a must attend event for those officers and members who want to look at new ways of dealing with parks and greenspace issues, whether they be financial, environmental or social. It is intended that there will be particular emphasis on the future funding of parks, looking at the different alternatives.

One such example is the development of partnerships with like-minded bodies who not only can help finance new developments, but can also bring a new perspective on the future role and value of parks and green spaces. Income generation as always, will be considered with case studies of successful council generated schemes which could be transferable to other authorities. There will also be feedback on the results of APSE State of the Market report which highlights responses to many of the questions currently being considered by parks and green space managers tasked with sustaining their parks and green spaces.

A further consideration is how parks managers roles will need to become more generic, with the need to be multi-functional rather than horticultural specialists and therefore there will be discussions on how this transition may be managed. True to its role of promoting best practice and innovation, APSE has ensured that there will be information on both UK and international approaches to parks and their management.

APSE will continue to argue that public parks must be funded by public money, because many believe that income generation and different funding sources will only help the future sustainability of parks, and should not be seen as the total solution. However, through providing a range of diverse and interesting speakers, APSE hopes to show there is still light at the end of the tunnel for our parks and greenspaces and hopes that the information provided will help colleagues to be able to make that journey.

Experienced speakers will address key issues including:
• The latest information from other local authority parks services through its State of the Market findings

• How local authorities can work with national bodies and private sector organisations alike to create new and sustainable

• Creating self-financing parks and greenspaces developing income generation schemes

• Meeting the challenge of maintaining

high quality parks that are attractive and relevant to the modern user..

• Examples of horticultural excellence

• The need for Park Managers to adapt to meet new demands

• UK and international case studies of good practice re parks management


Event Details

Seminar Title: Parks Seminar 2017

Seminar Date: 15 March 2017

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CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Reservation is a contract. Substitution of delegates is acceptable any time in writing by post, email to dscukina@apse.org.uk or fax to 0161 772 1811. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 working days before the event, and will incur a 20% administration fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days before the event or for non-attendance. In the unlikely event of cancellation by the organisers, liability will be restricted to the refund of fees paid. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, speakers or venue should this become necessary.

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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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