Evaluation Report      The NFPGS World Parks Day ConferenceSaturday 17th September, Austin Court, Birmingham   Sponsored b...
World Parks Day Conference 2011The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) held the first ever ‘grassroots’ ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                         Is your Forum a member of the NFPGS?      Q2) Is y...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                                  Pre-event confirmation information       ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                    How to find funding for your green space - Viv     Q8) ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                    Lobbying for adequate resources for the UKs            ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                    Empowering ourselves and forming Forums -   Responses  ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                    Volunteers and Community - Tony Newby,                 ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011                                                               Delegate packs   Responsesre...
World Parks Day Conference 2011Q23) How did you hear about this event?                                   How did you hear ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011Perhaps hands on award application writing - use case studies, skill developmentEducational...
World Parks Day Conference 2011More nature reserves/less parks also email info earlier to wider range of groups. Howabout ...
World Parks Day Conference 2011The talks were good - but the time for questions was non-existent - better to havefewer sub...
World Parks Day Conference 2011               Report compiled                      by                 Lucy Fowler     Admi...
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  1. 1. Evaluation Report The NFPGS World Parks Day ConferenceSaturday 17th September, Austin Court, Birmingham Sponsored by Big Lottery Fund, Birmingham City Council, Quadron and supported by GreenSpace www.natfedparks.org.uk
  2. 2. World Parks Day Conference 2011The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) held the first ever ‘grassroots’ national conference at Austin Court, Birmingham on Saturday 17th September. Types of delegates in attendance Friends/Community groups 5% 14% Community Trusts 52% 24% Organisations 5% Local Authority NFPGS MembersThe conference was attended by 79 delegates from around the UK, of whom 50(63%) returned their evaluation forms.On the following pages you will find the results and feedback supplied by thedelegates. Overall impression Q1) 0% 4% 0%2% On a scale of 1-5 (1 1 = Excellent, 20% 2 5 = Poor). 3 How would you rate 74% 4 the Conference overall? 5 No Comment
  3. 3. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Is your Forum a member of the NFPGS? Q2) Is your Forum a member of the 16% 46% National Yes Federation of 38% NoParks and Green No Comment Spaces? If not, would you be interested in being part Q3) of one? If you are not a member of a 42%Forum yet, would Yesyou be interested 56% No in being part of N/A one? 2% Booking Process Q4) 2% 0% 1On a scale of 1-5 6% 8% (1 = Excellent, 2 5 = Poor). 22% 3 62% How would you 4rate the booking 5 process? No Comment
  4. 4. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Pre-event confirmation information Q5) On a scale of 1-5 2% 2% 4% 8% 1 (1 = Excellent, 5 = Poor). 2 How would you 24% 60% 3rate the pre-event 4 confirmation 5 information? No Comment Registration process Q6) 0% 0% 6% 4% 1On a scale of 1-5 (1 = Excellent, 2 28% 5 = Poor). 3 62% How would you 4 rate the 5 registration process? No Comment Location/event venue Q7)On a scale of 1-5 0% 0% 0% 1(1 = Excellent, 5 = 8% 2 Poor). 22% How would you 3 70% rate the 4 location/event 5 venue? No Comment
  5. 5. World Parks Day Conference 2011 How to find funding for your green space - Viv Q8) Cole, Warley Woods Community TrustHow would you 0% 0% 6%rate individual 1 0% speakers? 22% 2(1 = Excellent, 3 72% 5 = Poor) 4 5 No Comment The health benefits of green space - Valerie Little, Dudley Director of Public Health Q9)How would you 4% 0% 0% 1rate individual 8% 2 speakers? 30% 3 58%(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5 No Comment Making the most of our assets: the example of Q10) Birkenhead Park - Professor Robert Lee, Wirral Parks ForumHow would you 2% 0% 2%rate individual 1 speakers? 14% 2 50% 3(1 = Excellent, 32% 5 = Poor) 4 5 No Comment
  6. 6. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Lobbying for adequate resources for the UKs green spaces - Dave Morris, London Green Q11) Spaces Friends Groups NetworkHow would you 4% 0% 6%rate individual 1 speakers? 42% 2 22% 3(1 = Excellent, 5 = Poor) 26% 4 5 No Comment Empowerment - What we can achieve together - Emma Woolf, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum Q12) 0% 0% 6% 4%How would you 1rate individual 2 24% speakers? 3 66% 4(1 = Excellent, 5 = Poor) 5 No Comment Finding funding for your green space - Viv Q13) Cole, Warley Woods Community Trust 0% 0%How would you 1rate individual 11% sessions? 26% 2 63% 3(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5
  7. 7. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Empowering ourselves and forming Forums - Responses Emma Woolf, Birmingham Open Spacesreceived from 19 Forum delegates Q14) 0% 0% 0% 1How would you 29% 2rate individual sessions? 71% 3(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5 Nature and Biodiversity (Wildflowers) - Richard Responses Scott, National Wildflower Centrereceived from 7 0% 0%delegates Q15) 9% 1How would you 46% 2rate individual sessions? 45% 3(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5 Nature Investigation - Dr Adam Bates, The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Responses 0%received from 11 0% delegates Q16) 13% 1 25% 2How would yourate individual 62% 3 sessions? 4(1 = Excellent, 5 5 = Poor)
  8. 8. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Volunteers and Community - Tony Newby, BTCV Responsesreceived from 8 0%delegates Q17) 20% 40% 1How would you 2 20%rate individual 3 sessions? 20% 4(1 = Excellent, 5 = Poor) 5 Health and Activity - Karen Jerwood, Responses Birmingham Health & Wellbeing Partnershipreceived from 5 0%delegates Q18) 0% 13% 1How would you 50% 2rate individual 37% 3 sessions?(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5 Lobbying for adequate resources for all green spaces - Dave Morris, London Green Spaces Responses Friends Groups Networkreceived from 8 0% 0%delegates Q19) 20% 1How would you 40% 2rate individual sessions? 3 40%(1 = Excellent, 4 5 = Poor) 5
  9. 9. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Delegate packs Responsesreceived from 10 0% 4% 0% delegates Q20) 1 12% 2On a scale of 1-5 28% 56% 3 (1 = Excellent, 5 = Poor). 4 How would you 5rate the delegate No Comment pack? Quality of food Q21)On a scale of 1-5 4% 2% 2% (1 = Excellent, 6% 1 5 = Poor). 16% 2 How would you 3rate the quality of 70% 4 food? 5 No Comment Event organiser Q22) 0%On a scale of 1-5 0% 1 (1 = Excellent, 2% 16% 2 5 = Poor. How would you 20% 3 62% rate the event 4 organiser? 5 No Comment
  10. 10. World Parks Day Conference 2011Q23) How did you hear about this event? How did you hear about this event? Email 4% NFPGS webpage 0% 12% 14% Word of mouth 50% 18% GreenSpace Community Update Local media 2% OtherQ24) What topics would you like to see covered at a future NFPGS conference?A follow up session of a few projects which may be in the pipeline nowMore information on strategy planningInvolving hard to reach groupsPerhaps representation from the other side ie public sector representation to giveinside account & issues facing council employees and how it relates to friends groupsand how we can work together More detailed issues at workshops ie working withspecific groups and problems/opportunitiesCould really do with help on who to approach for funding - good to see more info onwhat other parks can doMore success storiesContinue reporting on the topics covered and add feedback on lobbyingSuccessful projects happening now - perhaps some that are not so successfulFighting destructive developmentsRole of rangers & park keepers. Contractors/Service providers, observationsMotivational psychology for friends groups (keep the momentum going)More emphasis on small urban parks with no charitable statusPark management strategies including park keeper developmentSocial enterprise and community interest groups running parksFood growing within public spaces (community)
  11. 11. World Parks Day Conference 2011Perhaps hands on award application writing - use case studies, skill developmentEducational use of parks and green spaces, examples of young people led projectsHoc government officers spelling out the relationship between their core strategiesand actual practice - it seems volunteers are doing a huge amount of work gratis &fulfil borough objectivesLiaison with local authorityImplications of policy changes and what groups can do to campaign againstchangesView from landowners/council etc. on how to work with them, How to choosecontractors for building work etc.Running a project from start to finishClimate changeHelp with websites, information on becoming a charityParks for Play - importance of good designWhat are the ingredients of a well-used park?Marketing and promotion of parks events.Planning & legal issues for park based facility constructionQ25) Please provide any other comments or suggestions that you think may help usimprove our future NFPGS conferences:Good location, thanks Lottery and sponsors - like the bags however badges need tobe biggerLunchtime - tables and chairs please, Good location but maybe take the conferenceto other citiesMore delegatesGreat central venue, perhaps include a couple of subject based presentations ie "asuccessful arts project" or a dogshow event beginning to endHave it in the winter - I know of people who cannot be here because they are atother events, also don’t hold the conference in school holidays/ Perhaps hold theconference later in the year, lots of events going on at the moment, more peoplecould attendLoved it - cant wait for the next one
  12. 12. World Parks Day Conference 2011More nature reserves/less parks also email info earlier to wider range of groups. Howabout an event in London? Share delegates emails with all, bigger font on namebadges please, on delegate list brief description of group/site to help find others withsimilar projects to talk to at lunch, looking forward to the setting up of the websiteObvious disparity between fundraising and lobbying, they almost appeareddivergent. Almost seems to merit two conferences or split between morning andafternoonMore chairs to sit on when eating/ not enough seating at lunchPractical sessions, more consultation with members, seats and tables at lunch, haveevent at one of the parks/green spacesI think this event has been an eye-opener - have really enjoyed myself, will bespreading the wordA lot packed into a busy day therefore good value for money. Any more stuff or anyless time and depth would be too shallow or subjects addressed too numerous. Morestuff on woodlands as well as parks please. There are also other types of openspaces with voluntary groups e.g. cemeteriesThe 60 second presentations were good after lunch - well worth repeating this formatMore information available to take back or download after the event; particularlywith regards to the notes on the lecturesMorning in the hall is too long; vegan food is easy to provide and ecologicallysustainableVery good day, liked the friends all coming together to share their ideasLoved 60 second presentations, vice-chair speaking picked up, whispers/papershuffling in other presentations and wheelchair space by door - very distracting withlate comers and noise from corridor. Would like presentations available in thedelegate packs to put notes against as speakers presented.Wicksteed are happy to exhibit again next year. Good choice of venue, please keepit in Birmingham. Please provide email contacts within the delegate list in future as allthose that came to our stand requested info to be emailed to them - this would allowmore time for quality discussion during the lunch period
  13. 13. World Parks Day Conference 2011The talks were good - but the time for questions was non-existent - better to havefewer subjects and deal with them in more detailPlease share the slides from the presentations with the attendeesOther comments received via email:A great day yesterday, congratulations to all who put the hard work in to make ithappen. Highlights were when Robert mentioned the ginger wig and said that Tomwould be jealous, and the delightful black lady who gave us 60 seconds ofachievements only because her mate chickened out at the last minute. I enjoyed itall. The speakers were super, the workshop I attended was lively and informative, andthe pint I had on the way back to the station was most welcome.I particularly enjoyed presentations of Viv Cole, Valerie Little and Professor Lee.Networking with Darren Share at lunch time has proved invaluable as it is quiteimpossible to speak to him or the man under him via work as they are so wellprotected - a positive breakthrough and so useful!Brilliant conference Lucy. Ive been to many of different sorts in my time and this oneranked well up there with the best. I commented on my feedback sheet so to givemuch more praise would beg suspicion of ulterior motive of some sort! A repeat nextyear would be just as successful Im sure. A directory of Friends groups and the likeand development of regional/county forums must a priority for the Federation I wouldhave thought? Although now youll tell me this has all been done already and I reallyneed to catch up!I spent a lot of this morning going through my copious notes and writing about all thethings I shall be enthusing about to our committee! Looking forward to thenext conference already!! Well done to everyone whose hard work made it such abrilliant and really useful day.Thank you for an enjoyable and informative conference. I look forward to the nextone.I would just like to say a big thank you to you and all who made this such a worthwhileday it was so nice to meet people like me who love all the green space we have. Thank you to those people who gave us their comments, it will help us to improve future events.
  14. 14. World Parks Day Conference 2011 Report compiled by Lucy Fowler Administrator: Regions and Community GreenSpace,Caversham Court, Church Road, Reading RG4 7AD

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