This section tells Newcastle's story as they look to find a sustainable future for the city's parks and green spaces.
Newcastle parks and green spaces are a critical part of the city's green infrastructure and are key to the city's social, environmental, and economic prosperity. However, Newcastle City Council has seen its parks budget cut by 91% since 2010-11.
Now, supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and in-kind support from the National Trust, Newcastle is exploring alternative funding and management solutions to secure and grow the public benefits which parks provide, such as physical and mental health and ecosystem services.
The council worked with OpenLab between February and April 2017 to complete a public engagement programme on a broad parks transformation proposal. More information on the proposal and engagement process can be found in the following section on Consultation and co-design.
The council is now working with National Trust and others to develop a viable proposal as they look to establish a charitable trust to care for many of their parks and green spaces. The Project structure diagram in the resources section explains how each partner is involved in the project. The legal agreement between National Trust and Newcastle City Council is set out in a Memorandum of Understanding.