Parks for Health Strategy

February 9, 2022

Clients: London Boroughs of Camden and Islington

“Catherine joined Parks for Health at an important juncture of our development and this transformed the project into the class-leading piece of work it has become.” Head of Green Spaces, London Borough of Camden.

Catherine worked closely with the public health and parks teams to develop a joint Parks for Health strategy for two inner London councils which reimagines urban green space as 21st century public health assets. The strategy comprises workforce transformation, partnership with local NHS, social care and community stakeholders, and an approach to the public realm as a whole which prioritises wellbeing and tackling health inequalities.

“Catherine has an excellent approach to working with people from a range of backgrounds, progressing conceptual aspirations into clear and practical collective next steps/plans. She is persistent with a keen eye on the end result. Catherine is great to work with and we’ve really benefitted from her passionate interest in the subject area as well.” Assistant Director of Public Health, Camden and Islington

In parallel, Catherine also worked with Shared Assets to expand and diversify how Camden and Islington’s parks are used and maintained by different groups, supporting council teams and the local voluntary and community sector to collaborate in innovative ways for better health outcomes. With Third Sector Mission Control, she  provided additional advice on future funding and business development opportunities.

Parks for Health began as a test site funded by the national Future Parks Accelerator initiative.

"Catherine provided absolutely crucial insight and challenge into the project to ensure the Parks for Health Strategy brought our vision to life. She guided us through some difficult and challenging periods to help keep the project focussed and on track and was absolutely critical to our success. She became an essential and integrated part of the projects team (not just a consultant) and this was down to Catherine’s engaging skills and passionate approach to project. We are indebted to her."