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.
The skills survey work enabled MPF to not only plan its own learning opportunities but also to set out the case for investment from national and regional funding bodies and central government in its skills and training forward programme.
“Through your expert knowledge and understanding of green space, you have helped Midlands Parks Forum to develop our business plan; to build a picture of Midlands green spaces, and understand how we can best support our members through identifying the skills and knowledge required for a 21st Century Parks Manager. With resources in the Parks sector so limited, your support has been invaluable.”