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:



How do people work together to do place-keeping?

What makes a good partnership? 

This is the focus of the Sheffield Places Project.



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

What is meant by 'good value'?


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?



Who does place-keeping?

Who makes the decisions?



What are the drivers behind policies?

How are policies put into practice?

What are the implications for place-keeping?



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.