At the summer Place-keeping conference, we were lucky enough to have Graham Duxbury, CEO Groundwork UK as a keynote speaker. Graham described Groundwork’s new initiative ‘X marks the spot’ that focuses on joint caring for everyday places, places that matter to people. 

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AuthorRosie Duncan

It’s Love Parks Week and we want to celebrate our Top Ten Place-keeping places where there is management of green and open spaces for the long term is happening. Too often the focus is on creating new places - funding is put into the design without thinking about how successful places need sustained attention, or place-keeping. Below is our very biased list of great UK examples of place-keeping in action. We would like to hear your suggestions of places that just keep on getting better.

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AuthorRosie Duncan

On 17th and 18th of June we held a two-day conference in the iconic Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield. We invited a range of speakers and targeted the event at interested groups, practitioners and academics from across Sheffield and beyond.  Below is a much shortened summary of what went on.

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AuthorRosie Duncan

Our recent book, Place-keeping: open space management in practice, takes a look at open space management techniques by focusing on a number of interrelated dimensions. These dimensions can be turned into questions about our green and open spaces: Who owns? Who pays? Who cares? Who manages

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AuthorNicola Dempsey

In the UK, we are spoilt with the openness of our parks and gardens. Think of your local park...it probably isn’t fenced all the way round, isn’t closed during the day, and it’s likely you can simply drift off the roadside into it, or through an obvious and clear gateway.

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AuthorEmily Redmond

I can pinpoint the day I started to realise that something was going 
badly wrong. The community showed us their local green space and
said ‘What’s the point? You (the Council) came a few years ago and 
together we improved our green space – now look at it’. The sad, 
littered, uncared for ‘green-space’ was evidence enough.

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AuthorMel Burton
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Think of a place that you love spending time to get away from the daily grind. It might be a park, a riverside walk, perhaps some urban woodland. Places like this are of real important in our cities for the health and wellbeing of all residents. But these places are under threat.

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AuthorNicola Dempsey