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PARKLIFE

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We’re working in partnership with Goldsmiths UniversityI Have A Voice and Social Innovation for All to pilot a brand new project, where primary school children from Southwark, Lambeth and Tower Hamlets take on the role of park designers, thinking about different users before presenting their park transformation proposals to their local council.

"The pupils at Hill Mead Primary School have been working incredibly hard to think about how they could suggest actual improvements to Brockwell Park. They had three clear suggestions for us: create more biodiversity and habitats for wildlife, have separate places for people to play and walk their dogs, and to introduce more drainage to stop the park getting too muddy when it rains heavily. Their work was truly impressive, and they were really interested in how Brockwell Park can be improved by introducing measures to prevent flooding or what we can do to support the wildlife who live there. We will keep the pupils’ work in mind when we consider further enhancements to Brockwell Park and we really value their contribution."

Cllr Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air

Collectively students are tasked with:

 

  • Investigating the ways in which young people can become expert researchers into their local parks and seek to improve the wellbeing and environmental awareness of park users of different ages and backgrounds.

  • Demonstrating to the students a link between the study of plants in their science curriculum and the importance of plants and biodiversity in their community and for the planet.

  • Preparing and creating an opportunity for students to present to policymakers and/or other influential people who could assist in exacting purposeful environmental change, including local council representatives.

To run a Parklife project in your school please contact:  laura@volunteersforfuture.org

CASE STUDIES

Below are some case studies of the Parklife projects that we have delivered.

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