A couple is walking their dog through a park. It's sunny and the grass and trees are very green.

This guide outlines the main issues relating to the transfer of parks and green spaces to communities from public bodies, most usually local authorities.

What is this guide and who is it for?

Well-designed, well-managed and well-used parks and green spaces can bring communities together. Many community organisations, residents’ associations and friend's groups play an active role in their local park and green spaces. However, most are owned and managed by local authorities or other public bodies. This said, that situation is changing.

With the right knowledge and resources, communities can become even more involved in parks and green spaces for the benefit of the community through asset transfer; particularly where spaces are underused or neglected. This kind of action can produce multiple long-term benefits.

This guide highlights the opportunities and challenges surrounding the transfer process for local authorities and community groups. We also provide signposts to external help.

What will you learn?

  • Understanding the needs of your community
  • Understanding you local authority
  • Financing the project
  • Understanding the asset transfer process
  • Business plans
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