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Consultation on 'greenprint' for Parks Professionals


I am writing to you as Chair of the Knowledge and Skills work stream of the MHCLG Parks Action Group (PAG) to seek your views on some key questions that have emerged from the comprehensive research ‘Nurturing Skills for 21st Century Parks’ conducted into the current and future requirements for Parks Management in England.

The PAG intends to develop a ‘greenprint’ for Knowledge and Skills for the sector that will last for the next decade and beyond. Of fundamental importance to this is the competency framework developed through the research. Please download an executive summary of the research; which includes the competency framework at page 18. Whilst this has already been consulted on extensively we would appreciate any further views on this.

The PAG would also welcome responses on how organisations are placed to deliver training on the competencies identified. We would also welcome views from institutes or organisations who would be prepared to formally recognise these competencies as part of a career path for those in Parks Management and award Parks Managers recognition for the successful achievement and retention of these competencies.

This consultation has now closed.

Download Executive Summary (pdf)


A note on Consultees

This consultation has been issued to the organisations listed at the bottom of this email and to Parks Managers within local authorities. If you feel your organisation should have been included in this consultation please contact Paul O’Brien by email on po’brien@apse.org.uk

We would welcome your views on all of the above and any additional comments you may have by close of play on 28 June 2019.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Kindest regards

Paul O’Brien

Chair of Knowledge and Skills work stream

MHCLG Parks Action Group


Consultee List

APSE, Aboricultural association, Britain in Bloom, British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Chartered Institute of Horticulture,

City and Guilds NPTC, Countryside Management Association, English Heritage, Natural England, Historic England, Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, Institute of Groundsmanship, Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management, Keep Britain Tidy, Landscape Institute, Lantra, Modern Gov, NEBOSH, NESTA, OFQAL – Register of Regulated Qualifications, Parks Alliance, Register of Play Inspectors International, Royal Horticultural Society, Sport England





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APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association 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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