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Autumn on Clapham Common Looking along one of the radial paths which converge on the central bandstand. October 2009. Attribution: Chris Reynolds

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This article focuses on information specific to United Kingdom. Please see our Open spaces activism page for a topic overview.

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They want to build a theme park here? Swanscombe peninsula, Britain's newest protected place, Dec 29.[1]..Kent news

One quarter of English councils have plans to rewild. Does yours? May 19.[2]..Biodiversity UK news

Sounding the alarm on disappearing natural beauty. CPRE's latest research shows that England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are under increasing threat from badly-planned housing. Apr 22.[3]..Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England


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Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system, CPRE Kent, Dec 10.[4]..Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Johnson urged to extend public's right to roam over English countryside, Nov 30[5]

England's not so green and pleasant land: millions can only access green space size of garden shed.[6] Sep 16

Britain needs a National Nature Service to power a green recovery.[7] Jul 7


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London becomes the world's first National Park City[8] Jul 23

Green spaces and community assets, new models for new developments[9] May 2


It's official: London will become the world's first National Park City, Feb 10[10]


Shock figures reveal park life at an all-time low, Nov 5.[11]..Scotland news

Government launches New Parks Action Group "to help England's public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future."[12]

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Support growing for National Park bid (which could bring £90m funding to Dorset), May 18[13]

Parks are a huge asset, and we need to value them for the 21st century, Alison Benjamin, Feb 14[14]

The UK's top 10 greenest cities, Jan 16[15]

How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked, Jan 5[16]


A slice of the Big Apple coming to a neighbourhood near you, November 7[17]

Green Pennant Award[edit | edit source]

The Green Flag Award itself is for public-run open spaces, but the same scheme runs an award for community/charity-run public spaces, such as Millennium Greens and Doorstep Greens called the Green Pennant Award. This scheme, started in 2002, has adapted the criteria for voluntary organizations.

Sites for a Green Pennant Award are judged against eight key criteria: W

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Well maintained and clean
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Biodiversity and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Achievement

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local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages

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  • Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
  • Fields in Trust, British charity which aims to protect and promote open spaces for sports and recreation in British cities and towns. W
  • Green Flag Award, benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme is owned by the Government through the Department for Communities and Local Government, though it is managed by other agents under contract. W
  • Little Green Space
  • Open Spaces Society, campaign group that works to protect public rights of way and open spaces in the United Kingdom, such as common land and village greens. It is Britain's oldest national conservation body and a registered charity. W
  • Natural England, non-departmental public body of the UK government responsible for ensuring that England's natural environment, including its land, flora and fauna, freshwater and marine environments, geology and soils, are protected and improved. It also has a responsibility to help people enjoy, understand and access the natural environment. W
  • National Nature Service, added 15:45, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

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