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Park staff across London are quitting their jobs or being sacked amid council cuts, according to a study. Research by the Parks & Green Spaces Forum found that a quarter of senior posts have disappeared in the past 18 months and it is claimed that more junior - and sometimes inexperienced - staff are being left charge. Forum director Tony Leach said: "Over the past 18 months, 25 per cent have either left or their jobs have been deleted. We are losing people with park-specific skills who are often being replaced by staff responsible for leisure or sport.” The research found that park bosses are also retiring and their positions not being filled. The loss of staff has led to fears that London's parks will slip into disrepair or be sold off for housing and commercial developments. more