In May 2017, YBY were commissioned by new routes to help them in proving the evidence base for an action plan of improvements for Highfields country park, 3 miles north of Doncaster. Researchers from YBY carried out more than 100 surveys, with people in the park, households living nearby and online through ‘survey monkey’. The feedback showed people were generally passionate about the park, but aware it wasn’t reaching its full potential (a recurring theme with many urban edge green spaces it seems).We are currently helping to develop an action plan of improvement, some requiring little or no funding, such as cutting back vegetation, clearing paths and tidying areas. Other popular ideas included installing a children’s play area – with a bit more time, and some funding! Lots of local people wanted to get involved, creating the founding of  a ‘Friends of’ group to bring in the necessary funding, and to drive these improvements forward!

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