Lewisham Council had a vision to transform Beckenham Place Park into a more diverse, naturalistic and dynamic landscape attracting wider audiences. They took the difficult decision to close the golf course, which dominated the landscape, in the face of strong and vocal opposition and appointed CFP to develop the project and explore how the vision could be achieved.
Brompton Cemetery is a Grade I listed cemetery. One of the ‘magnificent seven’, it is the resting place of over 200,000 people, including Emmeline Pankhurst and John Snow. Today it remains a working cemetery but is also a haven for wildlife, a peaceful oasis for the local community and a popular destination with a magnificent chapel, café and visitor centre.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks (CPFP) was one of eight ambitious Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) projects that participated in a national programme to support local authorities developing innovations to transform their green spaces and achieve financial sustainability. The programme was a collaboration between the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the National Trust and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Ancient Woods and Trees was a £4.6 million partnership project delivered by the Woodland Trust and National Trust and supported by DEFRA Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF). The project was delivered on sites across the country and land in Woodland Trust, National Trust and private ownership. Strands of work included Ancient Woodland Restoration, surveying and management work to Ancient and Veteran Trees.
St Mary’s Guildhall is one of the best-surviving examples of a Medieval Guildhall. The Grade I listed building is located in the heart of Coventry city centre and, through its long history, has played a significant role in the city’s story. Despite this, the building was underused, only opening for part of the year, had poor accessibility, little interpretation and no education offer.
Margam Castle is a Grade I listed building within a Grade I registered historic park and garden. Surrounded by over 30 other listed buildings and structures and four Scheduled Monuments, it is at the centre of one of the most significant historic landscapes in Wales, looking over the town of Port Talbot with its sprawling steelworks – one of the biggest in the world. The Castle, which sat empty for decades, suffered significant fire damage and is now in a very poor condition.
Haigh Woodland Park is a 250-acre historic landscape consisting of a Grade II* listed Hall, stables, walled garden and extensive woodland – part of the landscaping and tree planting which dates from the mid-19th century. Today, it is an important asset for locals and visitors to Wigan alike.
For 20 years, CFP have been at the forefront of championing the urban parks sector. We have written national guidance and publications, sat on national task forces and steering groups, developed award schemes, and given evidence to government enquires and All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).
Wyre Forest is a local government district in Worcestershire, with a population of over 100,000. The district consists of large areas of rural countryside, picturesque villages, hamlets with rolling countryside, and the three main towns of Bewdley, Kidderminster, and Stourport-on-Severn. It also encompasses the Wyre Forest, one of England’s largest, most ecologically significant oak woodlands, 15 nature reserves, conservation areas and sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) and 600 acres of public green space.
Formed in 2019, the Midlands Parks Forum (MPF) is a charitable organisation which supports green space professionals by facilitating skills sharing through conferences, workshops and educational forums. CFP has been working with the MPF since 2014, when it was the West Midlands Parks Forum, and supported the development of the region-wide MPF. In 2022, CFP was asked to devise a survey to ascertain the current levels of understanding among MPF members and help inform future learning priorities.