Series of ‘Blog’ articles from Mark Hardy, Chairman of the API and articles of interest.


The closure of playgrounds – a false economy?

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2018  
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In my last blog, I told you about the research we were working on.  Now published, it shows – all…


Sign the petition and support the call for a Cabinet Minister for Children

  • Posted on Oct 30, 2018  
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The call for a Minister dedicated to the welfare of children and young people is gathering pace. The petition has…


Are our parks, playgrounds and green spaces going into freefall?

  • Posted on Oct 04, 2018  
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The decline in parks, playgrounds and green spaces appears to be going into freefall. Many of you will have seen…


‘Prescription for Play’

  • Posted on Aug 30, 2018  
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Kids are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play says new American report. Children have a right…


API Rebrand

  • Posted on Apr 30, 2018  
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I get that when an organisation rebrands it’s not in and of itself that interesting. It only becomes so if…


The least we can do is give children the space to play

  • Posted on Mar 23, 2018  
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Yesterday, Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East, drew fresh attention to an issue that many may be unaware of. The…


Two years supporting the play industry…..

  • Posted on Oct 24, 2017  
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API’s Independent Chair, Mark Hardy, discusses his two years supporting the play industry and tells us why the Nowhere to…


The campaign for children’s play spaces gathers pace

  • Posted on May 03, 2017  
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The response to our research, which uncovered a steep decline in England’s provision of playgrounds, has been extraordinary. The Telegraph, Guardian,…


Why Nowhere to Play is so important

  • Posted on Apr 13, 2017  
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API Chair Mark Hardy reflects on what this new research means, showing a sharp decline in play spaces in England.…


Hello and welcome…..

  • Posted on Jan 19, 2017  
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I’m Mark Hardy, Chair of the API.  Welcome to my new blog.  I lead the association’s strategic direction and, specifically,…