In November, we were thrilled to sponsor and attend the annual Midlands Parks Forum Conference!
The Midlands Parks Forum is a charitable organisation which brings together green space professionals from a wide range of sectors including local authorities, voluntary and community groups across the East and West Midlands, as well as national agencies. Its vital work aims to safeguard our environment as well as promote the value of green spaces in optimising community health and wellbeing.
This year’s conference took place in the very heart of the kind of rural landscape the Forum works to promote, as delegates gathered in the charming rustic surroundings of The Chester House Estate, Wellingborough. Luckily, the estate is no stranger to footfall, as it’s one of the few places in the UK which can demonstrate over 10,000 years of human activity!
One of Sutcliffe Play’s core principles is inclusivity, and so we were particularly delighted that the theme of this year’s conference was ensuring accessibility – regardless of demographics, disability, financial means or socio-cultural factors – to parks and green spaces throughout the country.
Guests were treated to lunch and refreshments, and received a screening of our brand-new company video which showcased everything that makes Sutcliffe Play one of the UK’s foremost providers of innovative, inclusive play opportunities. They also participated in talks and workshops with a host of inspiring guests, including Make Space for Girls, Fields in Trust, Natural England, and Dr Debbie North NPQH – Disability And Access Ambassador for the Countryside.
A fantastic day was had by all, and a special thanks must go to the Midlands Parks Forum, The Chester House Estate, and all who attended, for helping to make this gathering such a special event!
You can view our brand-new company video here.