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).
A significant part of our contribution has been our award-winning national research on the ‘State of UK Parks’, which remains the most comprehensive longitudinal data set charting the condition of parks and how they are cared for in the UK. We are the only consultancy that worked on the 2014 and 2016 reports commissioned by National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and the 2021 report for the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
The research received national press coverage and was responsible for boosting the profile of urban parks on the policy agenda. It won a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Landscape Institute’s ‘Landscape Policy and Research’ category and is still used as an evidence base to advocate for investment in urban parks.