Reports & Publications


Good Parks for London

The latest report: Good Parks for London 2018 – Improving London’s Parks  for all is now available for you to read. The Report for 2018 considers the approach that London Boroughs are taking towards parks and green spaces, evaluating them against ten criteria: public satisfaction, awards for quality, health and wellbeing, sustainability, events, supporting nature, skills development, community partnerships, collaboration and strategic planning.

You can also read the first Good Parks for London report for 2017.

We would like to thank GL Hearn (part of Capita Group) for sponsoring and producing both reports and all those that  have contributed data and case studies.


London Assembly Environment Committee – Park Life, Ensuring Green Spaces Remain a Hit with Londoners

See below for the full report on the Environment Committee’s investigation into green spaces in London, which recommends how they can be protected and enhanced to maximise their benefits.

Environment Committee – Park Life July 2017


Communities and Local Government Committee – Report into Public Parks 2016-17

The report looks into public parks and asks three key questions: why parks matter, what challenges are facing the parks sector, and how we can secure a sustainable future for parks.  You can download the report below:

House of Commons – Communities & Local Government Committee Report 2016-17 – Public Parks


Green Space Quality Manual

The green space quality manual (QM) is now available.  For full details on how to download this document please click here.  You can see a sample by clicking below:

Quality Manual Sample


Sparking Change by Park People

The report explores the social impacts that result when communities in underserved neighbourhoods spark change in their local park, but it also identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work.  You can download the full report below:

Sparking Change by Park People


GLA – Beam Parklands Natural Capital Account – November 2015

This report was undertaken by Economics for the Environment Consultancy Ltd (eftec), for the GLA. Beam Parklands is a multi-functional greenspace in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Its redevelopment during 2009 – 2011 is recognised as a highly successful green infrastructure investment, in a deprived area.  The report presents a natural capital account for Beam Parklands. ‘Natural capital’ is a way of thinking about the elements of nature that directly and indirectly produce value or benefits to people.  See below for the full report:

Beam Parklands – Natural Capital Account, Final Report – November 2015


London Assembly Report: Growing, growing, gone – Long Term Sustainable Growth for London

In March 2016, the London Assembly Environment Committee published its’ report investigating the environmental sustainability of London’s long-term growth.  Please click on the report to download: Growing, growing, gone – Long-term sustainable growth for London.


Green Infrastructure Task Force Report

The London Infrastructure Plan 2050 sets out London’s future infrastructure needs. As well as chapters on transport, energy, water and waste it highlights how green infrastructure is as integral to the city as other infrastructure such as rail, roads, pipes and cables.

Planned, designed and managed as an integrated green infrastructure, London’s existing green spaces and features such as green roofs, street trees and rain gardens, can provide benefits including: healthy living, more space for walking and cycling, flood mitigation, improved air and water quality, enhanced biodiversity and a cooler urban environment.

The Mayor established a Green Infrastructure Task Force that brought together a wide range of interests and expertise to identify how to encourage a more strategic and long-term approach to investment in and delivery of green infrastructure. The report Natural Capital – Investing in GI for a Future London – published 9th December 2015, identifies why this approach is increasingly necessary, and the changes to policy, governance, valuation and funding that ainvestment in and delivery of green infrastructure. The report re needed to ensure long-term investment in London’s green infrastructure. It includes recommendations on the strategic issues that need to be addressed in relation to the planning, governance and funding of London’s green infrastructure.

Key issues in the report relating to the valuation of green infrastructure are reinforced by evidence provided in Valuing London’s Urban Forest and the  Beam Parklands Natural Capital Account – November 2015.


Technical Guidance on the Re-use and Reclamation of Graves in London Local Authority Cemeteries – London Environment Directors Network October 2013.


The planning system in England and the Protection of Historic Parks and Gardens

The Trust has published a guidance leaflet to explain the place of historic designed landscapes in the planning system, the importance of assessing significance, the statutory consultation obligations, and the role of the Gardens Trust and the County Gardens Trusts. The leaflet is intended primarily to help local planning authorities, but is freely available to all.  Click here to access the link


The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum’s – Volunteering in London’s Green Spaces – Audit 2012


London Parks Benchmarking Project

Download the May 2010 report benchmarking London’s parks comparing costs, quality and usage – Benchmarking London Parks