Newcastle Parks Trust

The council is having to rethink how it delivers many of its services, including the city’s parks and allotments.

Why we are doing this?

Over the past seven years, our parks budget has reduced by over 90%, meaning that finding new ways of financing and running the city’s parks is essential. We need to do this whilst staying committed to improving the way we deliver parks and allotments, keeping them in public ownership, safe, free to use, and making sure that local people, community groups and partners are fully involved in the future delivery of the service.

Our proposals so far…

We have been working with the National Trust, benefiting from their experience in caring for natural built heritage across the country, to help us find a positive way forward for Newcastle. In particular, we have been researching the possibility of transferring the operation, delivery and maintenance of a large proportion of the city’s parks and allotments to a new Charitable Trust (Charity).

Next steps

On 20 November 2017, Cabinet agreed to create a new charitable company (Newcastle Parks Trust) and to transfer our parks and allotments to the new organisation to develop and care for, for future generations.

Over the last few months we have been continuing to set up the Newcastle Parks Trust. We are now at a stage where we would like to meet with you again, to share some specific information with you. We have arranged 3 open sessions in July which we hope you will be able to attend. We would like to cover the following:

1. Governance: explain the governance structure for the Trust in more detail and share the constitution with you (Articles of Association).

2. Community Representation Sub-Group: the public consultation we undertook back in 2017 made it clear that the community would like to see their interests and views transparently and formally included within the Trust’s structure. We have therefore included a “Community Representation Group” within the governance, as a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees. We also constructed Terms of Reference with support from the Parks Forum, Allotment Working Group and community and third sector focus groups facilitated by NCVS. We would now like to share the Draft Terms of Reference more widely with the general public.

3. Opportunity for Questions.

We would be delighted if you could find the time to attend one of the following sessions and we look forward to meeting with you then:

Open sessions
Date Venue Time
Monday, 16 July Leazes Park, Springbank Pavilion 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tuesday, 17 July West End Women and Girls, Elswick Park (Blue Hall) 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday, 21 July Jesmond Dene, Visitor Centre 12.30pm to 1.30pm

You can find Articles of Association and draft Terms of Reference for the Community Representation Group below, in advance of the sessions.

Read more about it…

Newcastle Parks Trust

  1. Articles of Association – July 2018 (pdf, 228kb)
  2. Draft Terms of Reference – Community Representation Group – July 2018 (pdf, 68kb)
  1. Cabinet Report - 20 November 2017 and Background Paper
  2. Parks public feedback slides from February 2018 (pdf, 778kb)
  3. Parks public feedback Q&A from Feb 2018 (pdf, 80kb)
  4. Supplemental slides February 2018 (pdf, 192kb)
  5. Cabinet Report - 17 July 2017
  6. Parks Consultation Report 2017 (pdf, 3.55mb)
  7. Project scope - parks (pdf, 15kb)
  8. Communities and Local Government Committee - Public parks Report (January 2017)
  9. Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: The Future of Public Parks (September 2017)

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Page last updated: 
20 July 2018
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