The NFPGS, Locality and Groundwork are holding a series of regionally-based community conferences around England. These are aimed at inspiring, connecting, skilling and empowering green space Friends and volunteer groups across England. The conferences have been funded by the Parks Action Group (PAG) as part of their community empowerment project work.

This survey is gathering information to feed into those events and to report back to Government. We want to find out from green space Friends and volunteer groups:

-  whether your group networks with others in your area, or if not, would you like to? What are or could be the benefits of such networking for your group?
-  what should the Parks Action Group be doing to support green spaces generally?
-  what should the Government be doing?

NFPGS is collecting these responses throughout summer 2019 and feeding the results into the live conferences, as well as reporting them back to the PAG and Government. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

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* 1. Name of the group you represent

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* 2. What county are you in?

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* 3. Is your group already part of a Forum of groups in your area?

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* 4. If not, would you like support to help set one up?

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* 5. For your group, what are or could be the key benefits of networking and coordination with other groups? (Please rank your top five, with one being the top priority)

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Exchanging news and experiences
Sharing good practice
Having a collective voice
Working together in partnership with the park management or local authority
Working together with 'third sector' organisations, eg. green space organisations
Influencing decision making
Pooling resources and skills
Accessing training

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* 6. The Parks Action Group (PAG) exists to "take action to safeguard and enhance parks and green spaces for future generations and to inform and shape Government's future policy-making"*. What should the PAG be doing to achieve this? (Please rank your top five, with one being your top priority)

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Promoting community empowerment in green space
Providing a higher national profile and voice for the needs of the country's green spaces
Encouraging partnerships between park management, local authorities, community groups and green space organisations
Influencing decision making at Government level
Seeking greater resources and funding for the country's green spaces
Setting standards for the quality of public green spaces
Strengthening the protection for public green spaces
Supporting the development of online information and advice for green space community groups
Helping parks managers and professionals to support each other and share good practice
Investigating alternative forms of green space management

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* 7. The Government has stated it wants to "pass on to the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future"**. What should the Government be doing to achieve this for our public green space? (Please rank your top three, with one being your top priority)

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Continuing to support the Parks Action Group (see some of its aims above)
Providing a higher national profile for the country's green spaces
Ensuring greater resources and funding for the country's green spaces
Setting standards for the quality of public green spaces
Strengthening their protection
Ensuring other Government departments recognise the value of public green space in achieving their objectives

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* 8. Do you have any other comments you would like to make?

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* 9. If you would like to receive NFPGS updates and news, please provide your email address below

Many thanks for your time. The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces will be collecting these responses and reporting them back to the Parks Action Group and Government. For more information about this survey, contact Michelle, Networks Coordinator, at networks@natfedparks.org.uk - or information about the work of NFPGS visit our website - www.natfedparks.org.uk.

For more information about setting up and strengthening Friends groups, check out www.parkscommunity.org.uk - due to go live 1st June 2019.

Thanks again!

* Extract from terms of reference for Parks Action Group.
** Extract from Government's 25-year Environment Plan, foreword by PM Theresa May
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