Is a Parks Trust right for you?

Before exploring your town or city’s options for parks, including the potential of a charitable Parks Trust, local authorities might want to consider the following three questions.


Answering these critical questions will help to test the potential of parks transformation for your council and in your local area.


  • Are councillors prepared to move to a new delivery model where parks are owned but not run by the local authority? 

  • Is transfer of the parks on a long lease to a separate entity (e.g. a charity) a possibility?

  • Is the local authority in a position to contribute initial capital, or fund an endowment?


To make the path smoother, we recommend that you:

  • Obtain sponsorship from a Senior Officer and elected members
  • Allocate a dedicated Project Manager with access to the skills needed in a project team (See our Getting started section)
  • Know your park assets inside out and be able to document this knowledge