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kateswade
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Yes there are some great examples!

We created a microsite with case study films profiling community enterprises that are “making land work” in different ways – http://www.makinglandwork.co.uk – but parks are often a real challenge as it can be very hard to generate an income from them.

Some great examples, though, include

Heeley Development Trust, who run a fabulous park in Sheffield http://www.heeleypeoplespark.org

Bankside Open Spaces Trust, who run a number of different parks in London http://www.bost.org.uk

Twinkle Park Trust in Greenwich http://twinklepark.org.uk

The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, which has a substantial endowment of commercial property to fund the upkeep of the parks: http://www.theparkstrust.com

Wimbledon & Putney Commons, which are funded by a levy on the council tax of local residents: http://www.wpcc.org.uk

But these are often fairly special cases – and may often have external funding. One of the big challenges is going to be finding ways of supporting the valuable neighbourhood parks that people rely on but that may have very limited ways of raising money.