place-keeping: long-term and flexible management of green and open spaces to ensure they can be enjoyed by all users now and in the future

How do UK local authorities organise the management and maintenance of parks, green spaces and streets ? Our ongoing project is finding out...

Nicola (third from left) gives evidence at the Design Commission’s Inquiry into the Built Environment and Behaviour, House of Lords, November 2015.

Nicola (third from left) gives evidence at the Design Commission’s Inquiry into the Built Environment and Behaviour, House of Lords, November 2015.


We need well managed green and open spaces in our cities. But focus is often on place-making – creating new spaces and regenerating those in need – and not on place-keeping – managing and maintaining existing spaces.

Place-making can make an immediate and positive impact – visually, socially, environmentally and politically. But without effective place-keeping, which does not have the same high political profile and funding, spaces can decline. Learn more...

Are there good examples of place-keeping that you can share? Or problems that you can help resolve? Share your opinions, ideas and experiences


Listen back to Dr Nicola Dempsey's radio discussion about place-keeping on Sheffield Live Sounzaboutright Thursday 26th June & July 24th!

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