PARKS – Links to organisations

Links to organisations related to my WCMT Travel Fellowship 2016 research:

In the UK:

Bristol Parks Forum: an umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

Greater London National Park City initiative: A campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City – a city where people and nature are better connected, a city that’s a greener, healthier and fairer place to live.

Green Connect: provides information, training and networking for professionals and volunteers involved in managing green spaces so that they can share good practice, ideas and resources.

Green Infrastructure Partnership: a growing network of more than 800 people and organisations that support the creation, enhancement and promotion of green infrastructure (GI) in the UK.

London Parks and Green Spaces Forum: an independent charity that loves London’s parks and green spaces; working with the people that manage, maintain and enjoy them.

London Green Spaces Friends Group Network: the network for the 500+ local Friends Groups and borough-wide Friends Forums for public green spaces across London, sharing information and good practices.

Nesta: Rethinking Parks: working with 11 teams to explore new ways to use, manage and make the most of the UK’s public parks.

The Parks Alliance – the voice of UK parks, representing the people and organisations that create, maintain, invest in and use the public green spaces at the heart of British life. TPA campaigns at local, regional, UK and EU levels to ensure that parks are properly funded, their roles recognized and developed, and that the benefits that they provide are clearly understood and recognized.

International platforms:

CyberParks: fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness.

The Nature of Cities: an international platform to share diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. The Blogspace is a collective of 120+ writers devoted to conversation about cities as ecological spaces…on the nature of cities.

Sustainable Cities Collective: an editorially independent, moderated community for leaders of major metropolitan areas, urban planning and sustainability professionals.

World Urban Parks: the new international organisation representing the vibrant urban parks, open space and recreation sector.

Arts organisations:

B-side – biennial multimedia festival on Portland, Dorset with associated artist programmes

Live Art Development Agency – the world’s leading organisation for Live Art, producing specialized projects, opportunities, resources and publications for those who make, watch, research, study, teach, produce, present, write about and archive Live Art, and creating conditions in which diversity, innovation and risk in contemporary culture can thrive.

Open Engagement: is an international annual conference and platform to support socially engaged art, highlighting the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations.

Berlin, Germany:

Impossible Forest – a garden at Ufer Studios made by artist, dancer and choreographer Jared Gradinger

Social Muscle Club – a group of international artists and performers who have been working together since 2012 producing performative events for public participation groups that challenge habits of thinking and doing.

The Long Day of Nature 2016 – 26 hours, 1 ticket, 500 open places and events to visit celebrating nature in Berlin from bird watching to night boat tours, urban gardening to poetry, now in its tenth year.

The Foundation anstiftung & ertomis carries out research into commons, do-it-yourself and sustainable regionalisation based in Munich.

Future Noise – DIY projects in Berlin, Reuse the City, Board Association.