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Walsall residents encouraged to take part in new parks and green spaces survey

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Walsall Council is urging local users and non-users of parks and green spaces to take part in a survey which will help to shape the council’s new strategy for green spaces.

Image depicts the Walsall Arboretum lake showing the boathouse on a sunny day.
Hatherton Lake, Walsall Arboretum

The survey, which runs from 1 August to 30 September 2023, offers an important opportunity for residents and community members to share their views on the current green space service provisions that are available throughout the borough.

The survey also encourages feedback around what respondents feel the focus of the council’s future development work within their parks and green spaces should be.

Walsall is home to a wide array of parks and green spaces, 10 of which received the coveted Green Flag Award in July 2023. This work forms part of a larger project that the council are undertaking to better understand what Walsall’s parks and green spaces mean to residents and community members.

The council is keen to gather information from as many residents as possible and is urging people to complete the survey, regardless of whether they are regular users of parks and green spaces or not.

The data gathered from those respondents who do not currently use Walsall’s parks and green spaces is deemed to be equally as important as data from those who are regular park visitors.

“ Our parks and green spaces are an essential part of community life. They offer the chance for our residents and community members to connect with nature, with each other and to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

We want our parks and green spaces to serve our communities in the ways that matter to them most. That’s why it’s crucial that as many people as possible complete our new survey, so that the future of our parks and green spaces can help to be shaped by those who will be most impacted by their care and development – our residents.

I would urge all people who care about the future of Walsall’s parks and green spaces to take part in our survey. Your views matter – and we want to hear them. “

Councillor Gary Flint, Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, Leisure and Public Spaces
Walsall Council

The survey can be completed by visiting the Commonplace website. Those who require the survey in a different format can contact or call 01922 650465.



Notes to editors:

  • Find out more about Walsall's parks and green spaces.
  • The Green Flag Award Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Find out more about the Green Flag Award Scheme.
  • Walsall’s 2023 Green Flag Award recipients are Barr Beacon, Blackwood Park, Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve, Kings Hill Park, Palfrey Park, Rough Wood Local Nature Reserve, Walsall Arboretum and Willenhall Memorial Park.

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