Monday 5 November, 4-6pm


Millenium Galleries,
48 Arundel Gate,
S1 2PP

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Led by Jill Dickinson and Will Eadson (Sheffield Hallam University) and Nicola Dempsey (University of Sheffield)

We have a fantastic array of parks and green spaces in Sheffield. Within these, there is a real hive of green space activities that take place across the city, which are organised by, and involve, the council, third sector/charitable organisations festival organisers, volunteer groups, sports clubs and members of the public.

All of this takes place in the face of ongoing austerity, not only in Sheffield, but in towns and cities across the country. This raises important questions for debate: What are the long-term implications of austerity for our parks and green spaces? Who are the best custodians of parks and green spaces? And how does that happen in practice?

We will have speakers representing the private, public and voluntary sector and have a lively and stimulating debate about these big issues.

Members of the panel include Sue France, CEO Green Estate; Andy Jackson, Heeley Trust; Councillor Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council; Peter Neal, University of Sheffield; and Julian Dobson, University of Sheffield.

The event will also see the launch of the Public Urban Green Space Group (PUGS) which brings together academics, policy-makers, practitioners, community groups and members of the public who are interested in parks and other public green spaces.

Working collaboratively the group aims to develop and share ideas for making green spaces available for everyone to enjoy. This initiative is being driven by Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies (at Sheffield Hallam University), The University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council.