Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership (CP3)

Dear readers,
We are pleased to bring you an update on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership (CP3) Programme, a collaborative effort between local authorities, park management teams, and other organisations working towards the common goal of improving the quality of parks and green spaces across the region for everyone.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership (CP3) Update.

The CP3 team has been focused on developing the Health and Wellbeing strand of work looking to engage with a wide variety of organisations from the health and voluntary sector. It has long been known of the benefits of spending time in nature and in the great outdoors and it is our aim to activate parks to encourage this for the benefit of communities’ health and wellbeing. We are actively seeking collaborative work to secure funding to increase the activities in parks and open spaces and increase the concept of using nature to deliver wellbeing benefits.

Living Sport who manages Cambs Open Space website for CP3 is in the process of rolling out a marketing and communications campaign to support and encourage event providers to promote their activities and resources on the web platform. The resource is free to use for sharing information on activities, events, and resources like suggested walking route maps or nature trails. If your park is missing, you can submit a form with details.  It is hoped that the  Cambs Open Space website can become a one-stop shop for information on your parks and open spaces. Visit Cambs Open Space.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Open Space Forum has recently held a meeting where Dr Gemma Moore (Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow in Evaluation) and Associate Professor Liza Griffin joined us from University College London (UCL) to share their knowledge of a project in Camden and Islington parks promoting parks for health. They presented a methodology for assessing if parks and accessible open spaces are reaching their potential as a resource that encourages access and activity. The forum meetings offer an opportunity for those volunteering or interested in volunteering in parks and open spaces to come together for networking and sharing ideas and solutions. If you are interested in joining the next forum meeting is on the 18th of May 11.00 am – 1.00 pm. We are looking for expressions of interest from groups that would like to host a forum at their park or open space in August 2023. Send us an email and tell us why your space would be good for us to visit by 10th May. Groups will be informed following the 18th of May meeting.

The Greenspaces Stewardship Toolkit

The Greenspaces Stewardship Toolkit is now available on our website. 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 at the beginning of the planning process. The aim is to deliver better more sustainable care of new and existing green spaces. New development should therefore consider and consult with the end users as part of the planning process so that it is accessible, fit for purpose, fully funded and ‘owned’ spaces that can be utilised by citizens for their current and future health and wellbeing needs.

To view the Greenspaces Stewardship Toolkit click here.


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Strategic Green Network is made up of well-connected, high-quality, multi-use parks and public open spaces that provide easy access to the outdoors for everyone. The Blueprint is a promotional tool that illustrates how the network can be used to help address the linked challenges of improving health, tackling climate change and restoring nature. If this approach is adopted it will support greener, fairer, healthier and more prosperous regions for local communities. The Parks Partnership’s mission is to show that by working together, an alliance of partner organisations can identify opportunities to maximise the varied benefits of parks and accessible open space for people and the planet.

To read the full blueprint click here.

Overall, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks Partnership Programme is making significant strides towards improving the quality of parks and green spaces across the region. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that these initiatives will have on the health, wellbeing, and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

General Interest 

2023 Monthly Photography Competitions:
Visitors are invited to enter photographs taken anywhere on the Nene Park estate – Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Woodston Reach, Thorpe Meadows or the Rural Estate, and can feature scenic views, our recognisable landmarks, seasonal nature or the wonderful wildlife that makes its home in the Park. To know more, visit here.
Ground-breaking apprenticeship programme for the forestry sector reopens:
The Development Woodland Officer programme offers an exciting career pathway into the forestry sector for people from all backgrounds and abilities. Click here for more information.

Have your say on the nature crisis:
Research shows that most UK adults believe more needs to be done to protect and restore nature. We’re inviting you to share ideas and help develop a set of public demands to tackle the nature crisis. Make sure your voice is heard and help create the People’s Plan for Nature – the biggest conversation about the future of nature in the UK. Click here for more information.

Birds to spot through the seasons:
Discover what birds you may spot and where to see them, whether that’s in your garden or at the places we look after. Please remember to not feed waterbirds while you’re out enjoying some birdwatching. To read the full article, click here.

How to make your own compost:
Learn about the benefits of homemade compost and how to make your own nutrient-packed soil improver at home. Senior National Consultant and gardening author Rebecca Bevan shares some valuable tips and tricks, from building your compost heap to turning the compost as it breaks down. To learn more, click here.

Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative: Update
Residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can still take part in The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC). Click here for more information.

Planet Earth could lose 10 percent of biodiversity by 2050:
Washington, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) A new study indicated the Earth is in danger of losing 10% of its biodiversity by 2050 due to climate change and poor land use. To read the full article, click here.

Human hair recycled in Belgium to protect the environment:
BRUSSELS, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Coiffeurs across Belgium are sweeping up and bagging hair clipped from their customers, and then handing it over to an NGO that recycles it to protect the environment. Click here for more information.

Denser AND Greener: How to reconcile growing cities with the needs of nature:
Researchers challenge assumptions about nature-positive urban planning and highlight global cities that are getting it right. Click here to know more.

Upcoming Events

Are you coming to Funding Week 2023?
Support Cambridgeshire partnership, which comprises Hunts Forum and CCVS, is very excited to bring the second year of this countywide event to Cambridgeshire non for profit organisations, including town and parish councils, in cooperation with Community Matters Yorkshire. To find out more, visit here.

A Bee’s Journey – FREE wild play session – Fen Pocket Park Chatteris 20th March 2023
As part of the Festival of Stories taking place between the 2nd and 20th March 2023 Groundwork East will be running FREE outdoor Bee themed wild play sessions for children aged 5 and under!
The session will be based around the story ‘Bee: Natures Tiny Miracle’. Activities will include, storytelling, outdoor craft, scavenger hunts and wild play all whilst supporting little one’s literacy development. There is a morning session – 10am – 12pm or Afternoon an session – 1pm – 3pm to choose from. Please only book 1 ticket per family. Children must be accompanied.
Any questions or for more information contact Lucy email: or
phone: 07736132495

Wellies in the Woods at Central Park:
Wellies in the Woods is a FREE family learning course, run over 8 weeks. Activities vary each week but include bug hunting, natural crafts, games, den building and more! To find out more, visit here.

March Parkrun:
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! For more, click here.

Wisbech junior Parkrun:
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds).​ For more, click here.

To see more upcoming events, checkout cambsopenspace

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