Header of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership Newsletter - December 2022

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From Future Parks to SPAG to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership it is not only name changes that have been the biggest changes this year to the team. We have said a fond farewell to Rob Pearce who has left to work with the Nene Park Trust and Gabriella Yeomans who has joined the Biodiversity & Greenspaces Team at Cambridgeshire County Council. New to the Team are Nick Pond Programme Director, Rachel Silverside Programme Manager and Ayesha Maliha Aboni Project Officer. Ayesha joined us on the 16th of December.
Since joining the team Nick and Rachel have been working hard to ensure that the great work of the Future Parks team is carried forward. To name a few focuses for our work, we have held the second Open Space Forum meeting as well as building towards the launch of the green social prescribing project which is now in consultation. The Green Spaces Stewardship toolkit is in the final design stages and is underway to finalise the Blueprint for Parks and Open Spaces. We have both met and worked with some incredibly passionate and hardworking people in the first few months of our being here and would like to thank everyone who has helped us to settle in and has helped to pave the way to taking the aspirations of the Future Parks Programme forward.

We would like to wish you all the best for the seasons celebrations and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

A Walk in the Park: The Story of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks Programme

As the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks Programme drew to a close in September 2022, we wanted to share our FPA Story with all partners and key stakeholders that have supported us on our journey, demonstrating lessons learnt, key achievements and future commitments to parks and open spaces. If you want to read key findings and reports from the CPFP Programme, visit the resources page.

The interactive presentation is available on Prezi platform, you can interact with the presentation via the following link here.

We have also created a user guide to help guide you through the presentation. You can access the user guide here.

If you wish to learn more as we continue on this journey and continue to implement the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership, contact us at cpparkspartnership@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Read more on cambsfutureparks.org.uk.

Have you ever considered #GreenSocialPrescribing?

Green social prescribing is a mechanism for linking people from health care, social and community care and support and other routes to community activity which supports their health and wellbeing. Using the natural environment including parks and open spaces, for resilience and recovery. Taking part in activities in the natural environment contributes to the building of social networks and improves and maintains good physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership are intending to run four pilot schemes across the county and cities to support and champion the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s role in delivering health based activities in green spaces and to deepen our understanding of local assets and needs. This involves mapping health activities in parks and community sector opportunities in target wards. Working with the community the Parks Partnership hopes to inform investment priorities to meet the needs of specific communities and develop new relationships with a wide range of organisations interested in expanding their work into park settings.

Email us @ CPParkspartnership@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk if you would like to learn more or participate in the pilot.

Watch the video below to find out more about green social prescribing.

General Interest

Cambridge has been voted as one of the best UK’s green spaces. We are proud to read that a recent study by the University of Sheffield has shown Cambridge to be one of the greenest city centres. Find out more here.

Have you ever wondered which Christmas tree is best for the environment? Although it might be too late to take this into account for this year, here is some advice from forestry experts.

Give a child their first experience of the wild, natural world. The October 2022 Natural England People and Nature Survey shows that almost three-quarters of children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend less time outdoors, with many living in some of the most deprived neighborhoods in the UK. To help children who have limited access to green areas, TCV wants to organise 52 Wild Days Out in 2023. Visit the TCV website to read more and support the initiative.

Free trees to create a greener, cleaner South Cambridgeshire. Trees are being offered to parish councils across South Cambs to help provide homes and food for wildlife and combat climate change. Read more here.

Upcoming Events

Edge Cafe to Romsey Rec Wellbeing Walk, 28th December. This is an invitation to join an easy-terrain and gently-paced walk from the Edge Café on Mill Road to Romsey Rec. View more information here.

New Year’s Eve party at Hinchingbrooke Country Park, 31st December. If you still don’t have plans for a New Year’s Eve party, why not try something new? This is a party in Country Park with live music and a reasonably priced bar. Book your tickets through ticketsource.

Wild Home Educator invites children (5-11 years old) to Winter Tree Identification session on 9th January at Ferry Meadows in Nene Park. This is an outdoor learning session with nature-focused activities. Sign up here.

Guided walk at RSPB Ouse Fen, 16th January. Develop your bird ID skills by joining this FREE guided walk at RSPB Ouse Fen. Winter provides a fantastic opportunity to explore local nature reserves with your binoculars to see a range of waterfowl and waders. Find out more here.

Are you aware of any other events?
Let our partners, Living Sport know at cambsopenspace@livingsport.co.uk.

Coming Soon Greenspace Stewardship Toolkit

The final design amendments are underway for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership (CP3) Green Space Stewardship Toolkit. The toolkit raises awareness of the wide range of ownership, management and funding greenspace stewardship options that are available. It enables exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of different options and learning from others. This enables a full range of solutions to be considered, with the aim of delivering better long-term care of new and existing green spaces. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have a mixed picture in terms of economic, environmental and social conditions, policy frameworks, organisational capacities and abilities, communities and sectoral and the toolkit recognises this.

The Green Space Stewardship Toolkit will be made freely available on our website.

Strengthening Communities

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Open Spaces

The second Open Spaces Forum meeting took place on the 1st of December with 15 participants representing friend of groups, from across Peterborough and an ‘in bloom’ group Cambridgeshire, CVS, health and district and county councils. The topic for discussion was volunteers experience of recruiting volunteers however many other topics were discussed including insurance for activities in parks and open spaces, fundraising, the scope of involvement of friend of groups with councils and charities and more. The participants were asked to vote on and suggest topics for the next meeting. The purpose of the forum is for volunteers, friends of groups and those with an interest in volunteering in parks and open spaces to share ideas, information and work together to find solutions. If you are interested in joining the next Open Space Forum it will be on 22nd February 10.00 am – 12.00 pm on Zoom to join the mailing list email CPParkspartnership@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Naturally Thriving: Rethinking Urban Green Space conference organised by Future Parks Accelerator was a huge success. The three-day online event attracted the attention of over 1,400 delegates.

The following topics were covered during the conference:
– Inspiring Change – Art of the Possible and the Art of Doing Things Differently
– Healthy Parks, Healthy Places
– Urban Nature and Forests
– Community Participation and Activation
– Funding, Finance and New Business Models

All live sessions were recorded and can be viewed on the Future Park Accelerator website. To find out more about the speakers, just click on the title of any session.

A resource hub was launched during the conference. This is a great place to start if you’re looking at how to start putting parks and green spaces at the heart of plans for your town or city – with practical guidance and learnings from Future Parks Accelerator places. Find the resource hub here: https://www.futureparks.org.uk/resource-hub.

Throughout the conference, attendees were invited to contribute to the Miro board, which is now archived and can be viewed here.

We also encourage you to listen to a series of fascinating pre-recorded sessions on environmental justice, nature networks, and income generation which you can listen to at your leisure.

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