Here are some selected organisations/ websites that you might find useful:

professional bodies

Institute of Place Management (IPM)

The international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better. It aims to support and develop the profession of place management.

Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI)

A key forum for anyone interested in interpretation – the art of helping people explore and appreciate our world.

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

The professional membership organisation established to promote best practice in environmental management, environmental auditing and environmental impact assessment.

place award/ flag schemes

Blue Flag

An international award scheme that acts as a guarantee to visitors that a beach they are visiting meets quality standards in water quality, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

Seaside Award

Keep Britain Tidy’s award for beaches in England that achieve the highest standards through being clean, attractive and well managed.

Green Flag Award

The benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. They are judged against eight key criteria: A Welcoming Place; Healthy, Safe and Secure: Clean and Well Maintained; Sustainability; Conservation and Heritage; Community Involvement; Marketing; and Management.

Green Flag Community Award (formerly Green Pennant)

The award for high quality green spaces in the UK that are managed by voluntary or community groups. They are judged against the following criteria: A Welcoming Place; Healthy, Safe and Secure: Clean and Well Maintained; Sustainability; Biodiversity and Heritage; Community Involvement; and Management/ Achievements.

Green Heritage Site Accreditation

This is given to green spaces that have achieved a Green Flag Award but which are also managed and interpreted as a site of local or national historic importance. The site must be over 30 years old and is judged on the extent to which the heritage value of the site is understood, acknowledged, conserved, enhanced, shared and enjoyed.

Purple Flag

The accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night. The core agenda is based on: Wellbeing – welcoming clean and safe; Movement – a secure pattern of arrival, circulation and departure; Broad Appeal – a vibrant choice and a rich mix of entertainment and activity; Place – a stimulating destination and a vital place.

best practice advice

Design Council Cabe

Information and advice on how architecture and design can help improve the UK’s built environment and help to create sustainable communities – to help make places better. This includes information and advice on localism and neighbourhood planning.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

A US based non-profit organisation concerned with planning, design and education to help people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. For example, the PPS has identified 11 key elements in transforming spaces into vibrant community places. It also considers that there are four key qualities that make successful places: they are accessible, in them people are engaged in activities, such spaces are comfortable with a good image … and they are sociable places.

Countryside Recreation Network (CRN)

Exchanges and shares information to develop best policy and best practice in countryside recreation across the UK.

Sensory Trust

Advice to make places more accessible, attractive and useful for everyone regardless of age, disability and social circumstance. The Sensory Trust has created a number of factsheets, guidance booklets and example documents that can be downloaded free of charge.

selected initiatives

Britain in Bloom

A Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) initiative that encourages cities, towns and villages to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticulture. It includes the
‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme for community groups cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment.

Heritage Open Days

An annual event held each September which celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge a fee. Organising this as a local initiative within the national umbrella scheme can be an important place-partnership. Similar events are held in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Love Parks Week

The UK’s annual celebration of green spaces launched in 2006. It aims to encourage people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks and green spaces. Each year normally has a theme – for example, in July 2012 it was on access for all to healthy green spaces and encouraging people to give their park a simple health check.

Walkers are Welcome

A nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. Walkers are Welcome accreditation is based on a number of criteria including the need for popular local support, maintaining a good network of local footpaths and encouraging public transport.

The John Muir Award

An environmental award scheme focused on ‘wild places’ (e.g. green spaces, beaches, community gardens). It encourages awareness of, and responsibility for, the natural environment around the challenges of discover – explore – conserve – share. It provides a flexible framework for teambuilding or community engagement – in the spirit of fun and adventure.

reducing carbon

Carbon Trust

Provides support and advice to help business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies.

Energy Savings Trust

Provides independent and impartial advice about how to save energy (and money). It is particularly useful for households and community facilities. It also includes advice on how generate energy together with information on grants and incentive schemes such as Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Woodland Carbon Code

A voluntary standard for woodland creation projects in the UK which wish to make claims about the carbon dioxide they sequester. Independent certification to this standard provides assurance and clarity about the carbon savings of these sustainably managed woodlands. This recently launched scheme may be of particular interest to place managers interested in carbon sequestration through woodland development.