Royal Parks become a charity due to government cuts

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Royal Parks become a charity due to government cuts

In the summer months the Royal Parks are some of the top destinations to soak up the sun, many of us enjoying the open space - for free.

But now the way in which they are funded is changing.

Currently the government puts up a third of the cost, but that sum is now being cut, causing the organisation to become charity to raise the extra funds.

Plans to change the way The Royal Parks are managed in the future were given the go ahead by the government this year.

The new charitable body will take over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency, which spent £34.9m maintaining the 5,000 acre estate in 2015-16.

It will also build on the role of fundraising currently undertaken by the Royal Parks Foundation. 

Eleanor Cunningham has this report.

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