Rethinking Parks

In 2018, the team behind Leeds Parks Fund received funding to undertake a 2-year project to investigate the potential of charitable giving to parks. The aim of the project is to make a positive difference to Leeds parks and their communities by inspiring individuals and businesses to make charitable donations to them through Leeds Parks Fund.

The project is part of a national scheme called Rethinking Parks that aims to develop promising and innovative new operating models for parks across the country. It is funded by Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta.

The project is led by the following organisations; University of Leeds, Leeds Community Foundation, Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum and Leeds City Council.

There are several ways to get involved in this scheme, from offering your opinions at the research stage (details below), to becoming a volunteer fundraiser. If you are interested in getting involved, or have any questions, contact us at


The first phase of the project will be research led by University of Leeds into what local people and businesses think about the idea of charitable giving to public parks.

We’d love it if residents of Leeds would help out by filling in this survey before 31 December 2018.

And we’d also love to hear from people with businesses based in Leeds; you can help out by filling in this survey before 31 December 2018.

Resident’s survey respondents will have a chance to enter our free prize draw for a chance to win £100 Love2Shop voucher.

University of Leeds, Parks Research

The team involved in Rethinking Parks at the University of Leeds have also undertaken research into the past, present and future prospects of public parks in Leeds and across the UK. To find out more, visit their web pages here.

Further Information

For further information about the project nationally, visit the Nesta website here.

To find out more about the Leeds project, or to get involved, email or use the contact details below.