Greenspace is specifically urban parks and the green areas within
built up areas. Greenspace management frequently involves large
elements of community involvement and can also cover bluespace the
rivers and canals passing through our towns and cities and brownfields -
land previously used but now is vacant or derelict.
Like countryside management in rural areas greenspace management
includes elements of conservation, recreation, ecology, environmental
education, wildlife and visitor
management and requires a wide range of
interests and skills.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include Greenspace Officer, Park Ranger, Park Manager, Ranger,
Site Manager, Greenspace Project Officer, Greenspace Infrastructure
National Careers Service has role profiles for some of these
(click the links).
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here for practical management type roles
and here for
community involvement roles.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current practical management volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here
and here for community involvement type roles.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work
in greenspace, traditional ranger type skills and also those required
for people management.
clearance is sometimes required when projects are dealing with
vulnerable members of society.
Information and in depth articles
Fields in Trust research finds 2.5 million people across Great
Britain without a nearby park or green space
The growing value of England's urban woodlands, The Mersey Forest
Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, Fields in Trust
Urban Greening, Southway Housing Trust
Valuing the benefits of urban trees for better greenspace management,
Building for people and wildlife, The Wildlife Trusts
Much more than just a run in a park, parkrun
Scotland's Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland
Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement,
The Parks Action Group, Chris Worman MBE from Rugby Borough Council
Habits for successful parks innovation, Nesta
Why charities need champions, Groundwork
Keeping Britain Tidy - volunteering and spring cleaning, Keep
A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network
Giving communities the tools to create better places,
Embrace the Dark Side; How to Plan & Resource an Environmental Project,
Wildlife Trusts Staffordshire and South & West Wales
Speed Volunteering helps busy Londoners get outside and volunteer, Team London
Green Angels create magic in Liverpool Park, The Land Trust
Valued but set to decline - what's happening to our public parks?, Heritage Lottery Fund
The UK's new parks innovators, Rethinking Parks
The development of a city park - from brown to green, Birmingham City
Protecting wildlife, preserving heritage, involving people, Caring
for God's Acre
Wildlife Gardening -for biodiversity and people, Wildlife Gardening
Do you need readily accessible evidence of the benefits of investments that improve the environment?, Natural England
Measuring tree benefits pays dividends, Treeconomics
Why Urban Trees Matter - To Everyone, The Tree Council
Capital Growth, a new campaign supporting community food growing
spaces growing, Capital Growth
Five suggestions for successfully managing urban greenspace, Matt
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
National Trust for Scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage
Natural Resources Wales
The Land Trust