14 Jul

Sheffield now has an official Green Spaces Forum to bring together local and other groups that support parks and green spaces. The Forum is now a formally-constituted body, which aims to represent all groups in Sheffield which support green and open spaces. It meets every two months.

  • It will keep groups informed about local and national issues that affect green and open spaces.
  • It will offer a forum for groups to discuss those issues and problems and find effective solutions.
  • Sheffield City Council recognises the FORUM as a key voice for parks and green spaces in the city, and supporting the Council’s work where possible. As the Council’s ability to maintain its green and open spaces – and their supporting groups – is reduced by funding difficulties, the role of the Forum will become more crucial, both in lobbying for the necessary resources and promoting partnership working and best practice.
  • The Forum is also a member of the National Federation of Parks & Open Spaces, which will allow it to tap into expertise and experience from around the country.
  • As a formally-constituted body the Forum is able to make funding-bids for city-wide projects and training to support green and open spaces.

The Forum website – – carries information about meetings etc. and other information which might be useful to individual groups. Groups can register themselves on the website to receive regular bulletins, and to nominate their official contacts. The website also has a copy of the Forum constitution.   The Forum has an acting Management Committee which meets each month between the main Forum meetings to organise the meetings, set agendas and arrange for speakers.

The Committee consists of:

The Forum still needs to collate a complete list of Friends groups and other supporting groups.

If a group wishes to make sure they are included on the mailing-list please either email the Secretary above with the group name, the current Contact-person and their email etc. or go on to the website and register the group there.

The next Sheffield Green Spaces Forum meeting is on:

Wednesday 15th July at 7.00pm

Venue: ICOSS building, University of Sheffield [S1 4DP] The building is on Portobello St. opposite the new University Engineering building. Buses 70, 95, 120 and 121 and the Middlewood Tram stop on Glossop Rd, with a walk up Victoria St. to Portobello St.

Paul Billington, Council Director of Culture and Environment will be speaking and answering questions.”



  1. Anne Ashe July 14, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Naomi – the post below gives Sheff Green Spaces forum meeting at both the arts tower and at ICOSS building! Could you please clarify which one it is? Thanks. Anne Ashe

    • naomi79 July 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you for your querie – I have checked the information with the website and it is at the ICOSSS building.

      I have updated the post

      Best wishes

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