Over the last two years the Future Parks Accelerator Project – Naturally Birmingham, has been working to create a delivery framework for the sustainable provision, maintenance and use of green and blue spaces in the city. Alongside the FPA project the city and its partners have also been working on ways to make our whole city a Bolder Greener City including the Our Future City Plan 2040 https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/ourfuturecityplan that sets out the vision for the development of the heart of Birmingham.
This first version of the FPA delivery framework considers all this work together in a whole city 25-year plan that has connecting people to nature at its heart, this is now called the Birmingham City of Nature Delivery Framework. This makes clear how we could deliver one the key themes of OFCP 2040, City of Nature.
Birmingham City of Nature Delivery Framework (BCoN Delivery Framework).
You can download a copy of the Summary of the City of Nature Delivery Framework Document here:
In 2019 Birmingham declared a Climate Emergency and now, with a pandemic in between, 2021 sees the UK hosting a UN Climate Conference COP 26 in Glasgow 30 years on from the Rio Summit https://www.un.org/en/conferences/environment/rio1992
The world is a very different place and it is racing to catch up with the science.
As Sir David Attenborough says:
‘No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced’.
This City of Nature Delivery Framework captures this urgency and converts it into a practicable action plan and delivery mechanism for the city to become a Bolder Greener Birmingham.
We hope this City of Nature Delivery Framework will change the way in which the city treats its natural environment and how it thinks about the future of its parks and green spaces. Opening up more equal access by ensuring all of its green spaces achieve the Birmingham Fair Standard a way of assessing green spaces that is a direct response to the issue of environmental justice.
Over the next 25 years we want to see Birmingham recognised as a City of Nature where its parks and green spaces are both sustainably managed and funded. This Delivery Framework will involve the whole council and its core third sector partners though a City of Nature Alliance; whilst at the same time reaching out to the citizens of Birmingham to facilitate significantly more involvement.
There is a value to all this work that for too long has remained invisible; what this document sets out to do is make visible all the benefits that come to the city and its citizens through having good quality blue and green spaces.
This City of Nature Delivery Framework can also be a mechanism to realise the vision in Our Future City Plan 2040 for a Bolder Greener Birmingham; producing a single continuous narrative to be read through city documents that reflect the national and international position.
We want to share as much information as we can with as many people as possible to continue to help shape this document and the approach and pledges it suggests as a way forward. It is still very much work in progress but we want this to continue to be a collaborative process with partners and community helping not only create the plan but also to help deliver it.
Please read the full DRAFT Delivery Framework Document and then use the survey link to submit your comments.
Click on the download button below to view the document.
If you want to find out more before you submit your survey you can join one of our live webinars get details of these events by clicking on this link to Eventbrite bookings: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-city-of-nature-delivery-framework-community-conversations-tickets-214988254657
Please click on this link to complete the City of Nature DRAFT Delivery Framework Document survey: https://form.typeform.com/to/YhzOhW2x
Here are some supporting documents, videos and recording for the City of Nature Delivery Framework:
Really big Thank you!
We couldn’t have got this far without all the work of the FPA Team in Birmingham and all the partner organisations: Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, The Active Wellbeing Society, The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Witton Lodge Community Association, The Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and The Landscape Practice Group.
Thank you for the funding and support from The Heritage Lottery Fund and The National Trust FPA Team.
We would like to thank all the community groups who worked with us to collect the wonderful Earth Stories – Black Arts Forum, Stechford Village Neighbourhood Forum, Welsh House Farm Green Grafters (Special thank you for the beautiful picture of the future of parks at the top of the page), The Friends of Georges’ Park, Footsteps, Northfield Arts Forum, Queen Alexandra College, Over 50s Go Getters, Stirchley Snowflakes Festival, Norton Hall and Brownfield Road Allotment Garden Association as well as all those who have shared their earth stories via our blog page.
Thank you to all our Green Champions and everyone that has contributed to our conversations and consultations so far, including via Social Media.
Also big thanks to Reeves PR who did a superb job creating our videos and marketing materials. They have been proactive, friendly and efficient and very patient as this delivery framework has evolved over the past few months.
So many stories, ideas and just moments of brilliance from everyone who has helped get this together, there is still lots to do but People need parks and most definitely parks need people! So together we really can make Birmingham a City of Nature.