What is place-keeping?

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

The ongoing work of the place-keeping group shows that there are a number of dimensions of place-keeping. These are inter-dependent dimensions and don’t stand in isolation of one another. We present these dimensions as a set of questions:

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Partnership

How do people work together to do place-keeping?

What makes a good partnership? 

This is the focus of the Sheffield Places Project.

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Funding

How much funding is available and what are the funder's requirements?

What is meant by 'good value'?

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Design and Management

Does the design of a place take its long term management into account?

How can the design and management processes be more closely aligned?

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Governance

Who does place-keeping?

Who makes the decisions?

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Policy

What are the drivers behind policies?

How are policies put into practice?

What are the implications for place-keeping?

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Evaluation

How do you measure place-keeping in practice?

Whose opinion counts?

What is meant by 'good place-keeping'?


Place-Keeping Publications

Dempsey, N. and Burton, M. (2012) ‘Defining place-keeping: the long-term management of public spaces’. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol. 11 (1), 11-21.

Dempsey, N., Burton, M. and Mathers, A. R. (2012) ‘Place-keeping – long-term and responsive open space management’ Town & Country Planning, Vol. 81, (October) pp. 431-436. 

Mathers, A. R., Dempsey, N., and Burton, M. (2012) ‘Open space management – can communities take on long-term responsibility?’ Town & Country Planning, Vol. 81, (November) pp. 514-519. 

Mathers, A. R., Burton, M. and Dempsey, N. (2013) Taking an Area-Based Approach to Open Space Management. Town and Country Planning, Vol. 82, (March) pp. 138-142.