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‘Uncertain Prospects’

Uncertain prospects: public parks in the new age of austerity The Gardens Trust (2016) In July 2016, the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee announced a new inquiry into the state of public parks. The Gardens Trust submitted a memorandum, prepared by Dr. Katy Layton-Jones, who was then called as an expert witness to appear on behalf of the Trust. In November 2016, Uncertain Prospects was published, celebrating the parks renaissance which has been achieved since 1993, but warning of the desperate future many now face as a result of local authority spending cuts.  The effect of these varies widely between
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‘History of Public Park Funding and Management’

      History of Public Park Funding and Management (1820 – 2010) In 2015 Historic England commissioned Dr Katy Layton-Jones to provide an overview of past public park funding models, and their management as in looking for new funding solutions  to help us understand why funding issues have arisen. Her report shows a long history of funding problems, but also the important role of local authorities in developing, and often rescuing parks, and delivering public parks for all over 170 years. The new research report was been included as part of Historic England’s submission to the House of Commons Communities
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‘The Common Story’

Tooting Common Historical Research Project In early 2015 I was appointed Historical Consultant on ‘The Common Story’ project. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘The Common Story’ is a historical research and toolkit project for Tooting Common. It is part of the Tooting Common Heritage Project,  which aims to explore, restore, conserve and enhance the cultural and natural heritage of Tooting Common. To this end, ‘The Common Story’ is working in partnership with local community groups to research the social, topographical, architectural, and environmental history of the Common. Research strands include: Dr. Johnson and his association with the Common, Tooting Bec Lido, historical biodiversity,
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‘National Review of Research Priorities for Parks’

This substantial review and the resulting report by Dr Katy Layton-Jones was commissioned by English Heritage and hosted by Park Roots CiC, Birkenhead Park, Wirral. The project brought together a range of consultees from Natural England, Green Space Scotland, GreenSpace, Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund,  local authorities, CiCs, universities, and trusts. The final report informed the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) in 2015. Download the report here Extract from the executive summary: ‘In the fields of urban planning and landscape design, there are few areas in which Britain has made so significant an international contribution than urban parks and public open
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