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Smart parks

Residents, business and community groups creating a cartwheel of cooperation.

Community groups

We would like to offer free services and online tools to help your community group.

A smart park is not really smart - it’s more about being smart in it’s uses for the community and local residents together.

Parks benefit from a strong community hub made up of supportive businesses, local community groups and residents

 

Smart Parks

Smart Parks

Parks turn negativity into positivity by providing an easy route for local residents and nature to create a happier tomorrow's parks today

 
 
From picking up litter whole communities starts to change

A smart park relies on an abundance of goodwill by residents who are eager to be part of the community they live in, and want to be involved with creating a happy place to live.
 
Is the result of being fed up with years of park neglect
or
A healthy interest in the local area where you live?

Parks have been at the bottom of the list when it comes to resources and money from Central or local Government. Often the park keepers are gone and parks are left neglected, turning into rat infested ruined space.

Is the tide turning? 
 
With more flats being built, Central and local Government have started to realise how much goodness local parks give.
 
Councils up and down the country are beginning to recognise this, yet unfortunately their vision and budgetary prowess does not always take into consideration the value of parks. 
 
Are local Council ideas for park the same as the residents that use the park or are they going to continue trying to fit a round object into a square hole, regardless of what local residents want? 
 
 
Tomorrows parks today are so so important for the good of communities
Residents are starting to realise the value of parks, but need to know how to create channels to start the flows of activities and income.
 
Parks should not be a profitable business, where possible services and events should be either free or "MATES RATES"
 
Buildings should NOT be allocated to minority groups at the exclusion of the larger community.
 
Residents need to be able to generate a small income to spend in their parks.
 
Building a strong community support hub around parks is important.

 

 

Smart park provide a unique opportunity for all parks and communities to become a vibrant self-funding space, with wellbeing for people and nature, education and financial sustainability running through everything, joining up the dots between people and nature, whilst reducing costs on the public purse.

Health and Well being activities 

Social inclusion 

Cleaning the local areas 

Fund raising for resources

Running events and activities 

Bringing different community groups together

Encourage and invite people not to be alone

Help organise Health and Wellbeing activities

Actively communicate social inclusion is important

Fun and happiness is important

Our own local park was a rat-infested no-go area and within 18 months, lots of goodwill from residents this same park was transformed.

Residents then came together and organised events, started several groups aimed at the wellbeing for our park, resident and the local area, things started to grow very quickly from there. Community groups have been around for years,however recently there has been a healthy explosion of new groups. 

In 2019
12+ group meetings
20 + planning meetings
50+ Event notices, risk assessments, licenses and elf and safety forms
100’s of phone calls and meetings with the Council
2 dog show judges
50 + meetings with other organisations for joint co-operation
52 litter picks including 6 Super Sundays with eggs and bacon
365 days of emptying bins and litter picking – nearly 2,000 bins!
365 days of gate locking and unlocking x 5 gates
100’s of posters put up around the park
Apple trees planted in our new orchard
70+ Health sessions including 52 Tai Chi sessions

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Get involved helping nature and people is rewarding and satisfying.
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Could your business become part of a community hub.
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Are you part of a community group? Lets work together.
 
 
 
It's not your problem it's our problem!
 
The Friends of Harrow Weald are nothing more than a few locals that got together to start litter picking and TALKING!

Embracing many different values and ideas we all hold, together we started to plan how to update the ways the past addressed parks with solutions for today’s problems and issues.

As a group of residents, we have learnt to walk around, walk over and walk through any problems together,  and did not know each other 18 months ago.

Together we can do so much more!

The next comments are not meant as being contentious to anyone, the way things like crime, litter, park neglect have slipped into a place that’s unacceptable is not one organisations problem it’s all our problems 
 
 
Economics

Do you want a bloated council staff, more police and litter picking ticket maestros on the streets, easy to solve, pay more taxes! Or together we create new ways to transform little pockets of areas around the country starting with parks and open spaces.
 
 
Nature
 
Without reading this thinking like the mind of a hippy of the past, Nature is our key to well-being, parks can create so much happiness when they are also cared for, this billows waves of goodness beyond the park gates and into the local area, all because the flowers looked stunning.
 
 
The obvious

Do you want an expanded hospital service to supply drugs and counselling because life makes us all blue sometimes?
 
Or would you prefer to go to a local park, feel welcomed, enjoy the flowers, maybe have a cup of tea, chat with strangers, even do some gardening, the obvious question is which one is best for individuals and society as a whole.
 
 
Some of the problem’s we all face

Some problems remain a problem to us all, despite numerous calls to the right authorities before any action is taken, and then quite often under staff or lack of resources mean things never get done or responses are not quick enough.

We have developed some tricks to get things done quickly, however it’s best we all find ways to work together to the same goal.
 

Drug dealing problems

We all know once the police remove a drug dealer, by the time they get to the station for a well-earned cup of tea, another dealer has replaced them, leaving locals with the problem, smart parks offer a long term solution.
 
 
Litter & fly tipping

We all suffer problems of litter, whether it’s a selfish person or a business that does not take responsibility, annoys us all and is one of the highest singular reasons areas drop into rat infestation
 
Then your mind starts ignoring it as a eye saw, others see the litter and think well everyone else is dropping litter, finally a fly tip has appears. Smart parks offer a long-term solution.
 
 
Charity starts at home!
 
Part of our smart park goals is an open source mapping project.
 
Knowing that smart parks need a strong community hub to support them we are building the tools required for even the smallest community group to use for free.
 
These free tools will help community groups created community support hubs around their area.
 
The game of cat and mouse is costly and ongoing - 
 
 
Which side of the fence do you sit?

seeing value in community well being, versus the real cost of improving parks and open spaces, we see both as equally valid, smart parks present a new way of thinking.

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Get involved helping nature and people is rewarding and satisfying.
CLICK HERE
Could your business become part of a community hub.
CLICK HERE
Are you part of a community group? Lets work together.
 
 

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