Objectives and scope
The Getting started section introduces first steps when thinking about a Parks Trust. It will cover how to establish your objectives and the scope for the project; the skills you will need in your project team; and the data you need to understand your assets.
Having a clear understanding of your drivers for change and what you want to achieve with your parks in the future will help you to agree the scope of change.
There are a number of potential drivers for change, for example:
Reduced local authority budgets
Desire to increase community participation or engagement
Environmental pressures e.g. flooding
In some circumstances, there may be a 'burning platform' where one driver makes change inevitable, for example, an imminent loss of budget. However, this can still be seen as an opportunity to review what you want for parks in the future, and think creatively about how you get there.
Determining your vision for the future, and objectives for the transformation project, will help you to decide:
- what operational structures would best deliver your objectives (e.g. if you want to save local authority money, do parks need to be moved to another organisation?)
- how to prioritise competing interests (e.g. to inform your approach to governance)
- what you need to bring into scope in order to deliver your objectives (e.g. only certain parks or all parks? Formal parks or all green space?)
- which partners you should be working with to deliver the change (e.g. engaging NHS partners if your objectives relate to improving health of residents)
Having a strong vision and objectives should also help you to build public and political support. If you have agreement on where you are trying to get to, it frames the discussion of the 'how to get there'.