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Midlands Parks Forum Annual Conference 2022 – Midlands Arts Centre – 10/11/22


10 November 2022


09.30 – 15.30


Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH


The Midlands Parks Forum

The Event

The Secret of Successful Parks Partnerships

When people come together to look after their open space, it can become a more inclusive space; creating a shared vision which can aid decision making, maximise resources and help lobby for change and improvement.

The Forum’s 2022 conference will bring together expertise from government, academics, and case studies from local authorities and trusts to explore the principles of creating successful civic enterprise and partnership models, and how these can support creating a space (placemaking) and ensure its longevity (placekeeping).

Speakers will present civic enterprise, alliance and partnership models, exploring the skill base, financial capital, communication and commitment required, and how to progress from individual collaborations into high-capacity green space partnerships, placing communities and the natural environment at the heart of decision making.

The workshops will enable delegates to develop their own skills in identifying and developing partnership agreements; evaluating existing partnerships and exploring why they are critical for social, economic and environmental development.


  • Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director, Land Use Policy, DEFRA.
  • Dr Nicola Dempsey, Senior Lecturer/Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.
  • Nick Grayson, Green City Manager, Birmingham City Council.
  • Tony Stringwell, Deputy Chief Officer, Parks and Countryside, Leeds City Council.
  • Sarah Allen, Education and Engagement Manager, Historic Coventry Trust.

Delegates are invited to take part in two of the six afternoon workshops.

Cost (including lunch and refreshments):

Members £118

Non members £155

Who should attend?

Parks and green space managers and development officers, open space charities and trusts, heritage organisations.


Tel: 07384312840

Email: info@midlandsparksforum.co.uk

View the PDF flyer


Click here to register.

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