WEBINAR – Alternative mechanisms for funding green space

To coincide with the launch of the new report, Alternative funding mechanisms for green space, this webinar provides timely insights into different approaches that can help to fund the provision of green spaces such as parks, public gardens and nature areas.

The Health and Wellbeing team are pleased to welcome four speakers, each with their own experience of the topic to share their insight.

  • Cathi Farrer, Foundation Manager, Bournemouth Parks Foundation
  • Nick Grayson, Green City Manager, Birmingham City Council
  • Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank
  • Ian Mell, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

The discussion is particularly relevant for those involved in the management of green space, whether its development, upkeep or use to deliver health and wellbeing outcomes, from health and social care professionals to local planning authorities.

Austerity has led to decreased local authority budgets and income for non-governmental organisations, resulting in significant impacts on funding for green infrastructure. It is more than likely that budgets for green infrastructure will continue to decrease despite the benefits it has provided people during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a growing need, therefore, to understand what alternative mechanisms exist to fund green infrastructure and related interventions, and how these can be accessed.

This webinar presents our latest report, which summarises the breadth of funding mechanisms available, including both traditional and alternative funding streams, and we hear from our speakers about innovation in funding green space from their own experience. The session is followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Webinar
Recorded: 19 March 2021
Speakers: Cathi Farrer, Foundation Manager, Bournemouth Parks Foundation; Nick Grayson, Green City Manager, Birmingham City Council; Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank; Ian Mell, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
Host: Dr Ben Wheeler
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