Sue France Rethinking Parks presentation


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4 July 2012 - In partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, Nesta brought together park practitioners, civic innovators, local authorities, community entrepreneurs and those in associated sectors to discuss pressing areas for innovation.

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Sue France Rethinking Parks presentation

  1. 1. Innovation in Green Space Management A Social Enterprise ModelSue France,Green Estate.
  2. 2. Green Estate - Who are We?• A social enterprise that started life in 1998 as an area wide environmental regeneration project in an area of severe multiple deprivation in South Sheffield, UK.• Our journey to find more sustainable solutions to problem urban green space has allowed us to develop innovative and entrepreneurial approaches that deliver multiple benefits.
  3. 3. Our Starting Point
  4. 4. 13 Years Later….and still learning But with a model that is working for us • Self supporting income through Green Business • Employment for about 50 people – helping to break local cycle of intergenerational worklessness • Profit generated is used to subsidise ongoing restoration, parks management and new initiatives to build social capital • Ongoing responsibility for a number of significantly improved local greenspaces • Large and varied Team of Volunteers • Establishment of a more inclusive approach to place management • Reaching 1000’s also through events, activities, training and school work • Continuing to influence and support green space thinking
  5. 5. Our Approach : To Humanise Public Spaces and stimulate more enterprisingsolutions that are really at the heart of our local community
  6. 6. But how do we make this happen?Sometimes there is a strong ‘bottom up ‘ movement - but in many cases it needs creative support and guidanceIn all cases we must approach management in a way that nurtures Place and People over timeIt helps to have a good strategic understanding of what makes and sustains great neighbourhoods and places.There is no ‘One Size Fits all’ – but capacity building takes time and effort and Managers must embrace risk, change and power sharing
  7. 7. Putting Our Estate Back to Work
  8. 8. Introducing Beauty on a Budget
  9. 9. Helping people to think differently about what’s possible
  10. 10. Telling Great Stories
  11. 11. Being Prepared to Take Time
  12. 12. Making Management more Interactive
  13. 13. Allowing people to be needed
  14. 14. Putting People back into Places
  15. 15. Build it and they will come