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Regional Forums

GreenSpace is committed to developing Regional Forums in the English regions and links to the home countries. Their function is to provide information, advocacy, good practice, and networking opportunitites to professionals within the sector.

Regional Forums aim to drive the open space agenda more effectively to government offices, development agencies and NGOs that influence green space in their region. Forums are also encouraged to reach communities in their area.

GreenSpace Regional membership

GreenSpace Regional Forums offer a comprehensive membership that engages you fully at a regional and national level as well as providing all of the benefits of GreenSpace membership. Please click on a link to the left.

At present not all regions are at the stage of being able to offer membership but there are opportunities to engage with all of them. If your region does not offer membership, we would invite you to join GreenSpace under a basic package of benefits.

GreenSpace National Forum

The GreenSpace National Forum invites representatives of each region to come together to influence national issues and directly engage with government and its agencies. More


Regions currently under development


North East Green Spaces Group
North East Green Spaces have announce a timetable of topic based meetings for 2010, please see below for details. New members are always welcome to join the group.

Maria McArdle
Parks Development Officer
Leisureworks

Date

Venue

Topic

24 March

Herrington Park, Sunderland

HLF update

5 May

Flatts Lane, Teeside

Biodiversity in green spaces - Dr Sue Antrobus

23 June

Dave Stephens Centre, Blyth

Play in green space - Michele Deans, Play England.

1 September

Blackhill and Consett Park

GFA annual meeting for the North East region. Update from Paul Todd

17 November

Riverside Chester-le-street

Sport in green space

Greenspace Northern Ireland
Currently in its formative stages, local authorities have met on several occasions to explore the development of a fully fledged forum.

However, progress has been delayed during a period of significant local authority restructuring and it is hoped that a forum, possibly combined with authorities in Eire, will emerge.

Fiona Holdsworth
Principal Parks & Cemeteries Services Manager
Belfast City Council

Greenspace Scotland
Greenspace Scotland is a Scottish charity (separate to GreenSpace) working with a wide range of local and national organisations towards our goal that everyone living and working in urban Scotland has easy access to quality greenspaces which meet local needs and improve quality of life.

Julie Procter
Chief Officer
Greenspace Scotland
www.greenspacescotland.org.uk

Greenspace Wales
The Welsh Parks Forum is a long established group that came together through the amalgamation of similar organisations covering north and south Wales. Their current focus is working towards raising awareness of parks and green space issues with the Welsh Assembly.

Lyn Evans
Grounds Maintenance and Countryside Manager
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

West Midlands Parks Forum
GreenSpace has linked to the existing West Midlands Parks Forum, an established group that has been in existence for nearly 20 years. GreenSpace is working with the forum to assist them in linking to other regional forums and national government.

Sally Orton
Head of Museums, Greenspaces and Bereavement Services
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
www.westmidlandsparksforum.co.uk
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