A park, there is a bench next to a tree and it is lit up by the sun.

This leaflet outlines the key methods and approaches your “Friends of” park group can use when working with your local authority.

What is this guide and who is it for?

This guide looks at how to go about building relationships and working with local authorities.

The guide begins by providing a clear overview of the work of local authorities – explaining what they do and their structure. It then looks more specifically at how to build constructive working relationships with your local council.

This guide is useful for anyone managing or looking into taking ownership of a park or green space.

What will you learn?

  • What local authorities do
  • The way local authorities are structured
  • Building relationships with members of your local authority – who to focus on and why.
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