Urban green space contributes beyond measure to our health and well-being, providing havens of peace and serenity in our busy lives. As councils become increasingly strapped for cash, there is a danger that these green oases, or elements of them, may be parcelled out to private companies. Unless we are vigilant, we will see play areas where parents have to pay for access, running tracks that cost the jogger to join, 3G pitches etc, that generate income. This flies in the face of the spirit of public parkland, much of it donated by Victorian benefactors for the benefit of society. We should not compromise this to plug a short-term gap in local authority budgets. Defend your parkland!