Midlands Parks Forum Annual Conference

2021 Conference

Midlands Green Heritage

Our 2021 Conference was held on Thursday 30th September, at Century Theatre, Snibston Colliery Park, Coalville, Leicester.  

The Midlands has a wealth of green heritage with over £100 million invested in the region by National Lottery Heritage Fund. The East and West Midlands also has 330 Green Flag Award winning green spaces and many parks and gardens listed on the National Heritage List for England.

This conference brought together government representatives with national leading green space and heritage organisations to explore the vital role that green heritage such as parks, play in our post lockdown society.  Conserving and managing landscapes, features, buildings, structures, wildlife and flora and making them accessible for communities is at the heart of the work of the parks professional. Our experts shared current national strategy, best practice, and workshops will provide practical opportunities for delegates to apply policy to their own space.


Chris Worman, MBE Welcomes delegates to the conference.


Richard Hunt, Head of Country Parks and Estates at Leicestershire County Council welcomes guests to Snibston Colliery Park





Incorporating Heritage into Management Plans

Erika Diaz Petersen Landscape Architect, Midlands Region, Historic England
Erika will provide a brief overview of incorporating heritage into management plans, including guidance resources. We will discuss the value of conservation management plans, and the process of developing these to guide management and to help support applications for funding.

Stuart Warburton from Snibston Heritage Trust shares the Trust’s expertise on the industrial and green heritage of Snibston Colliery Park.

Debbie Cooper – National Lottery Heritage Fund Presentation on Funding Guidance