“We want Walsall’s green spaces to be public assets that everyone has pride in and that help secure the sustainable future of the borough for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of the whole community”.
Walsall Green Space Strategy 2012-17
Walsall’s Green Space Strategy sets out a five year plan for the future management, maintenance and development of all green space across the Borough.
The first Green Space Strategy, produced in 2006, was effective in providing a framework for securing investment in Walsall’s Green Spaces, raising green space quality and putting in place a series of service and process improvements.
Over the last ten years there has been significant change in the economic and political climate at a national and a more local level. Resources for public services continue to reduce and this undoubtedly has an impact across all council services, including Green Spaces. Within this context, Walsall Council is responsible for leading on the delivery of the Green Spaces strategy but, in order to deliver its vision and aims, a partnership approach is required. This includes building on existing partnerships with agencies such as West Midlands Police and Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as well as friends of parks groups and other community based organisations.
Strategy Action Plan (2012 to 2017)
The 2012-2017 Green Space Strategy included seven aims which sought to achieve:
1) Green Spaces that make the borough an attractive place to live, work and socialise;
2) Safer and more secure green spaces;
3) Green Spaces contributing to greater health & wellbeing;
4) Well maintained and accessible Green Spaces;
5) Conserving and enhancing biodiversity and geodiversity;
6) More engaged communities & neighbourhoods;
7) Stronger partnerships and innovation.
For more detailed information about these aims, see Chapter 6: Analysis and Findings of the 2012-2017 Green Space Strategy.
The Walsall Green Space Strategy sets out how these aims will be delivered in a detailed five year action plan (2012 to 2017), and this action plan is now being reviewed and updated to cover the period 2018 until 2023.
The purpose of our consultation period was to help the council better understand how people currently use green spaces in the borough, what would encourage people to use them more often and what aspects are most important. The findings from the consultation will be used to inform the Green Spaces Strategy 2017-22
We wanted to ensure that green spaces achieve their full potential to contribute to the local environment and quality of life, and this consultation gave people the opportunity to let us know what improvements they would like to see in their local green space and how this will contribute to their health and wellbeing.
Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to our surveys and attend stakeholder workshops.