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.