Crowdfunding site lets public donate to Scottish parks

Supporting Scotland's parks just got much easier thanks to new website MyParkScotland.

Edinburgh Park. Image: Supplied
Edinburgh Park. Image: Supplied
The website is the country’s only crowdfunding site specifically for parks and greenspace projects.

The site also makes it possible to search for any of the 254 parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow by location, postcode or facilities, and see what events are on offer.

Project manager Ian Goodman said: "Park users often told us they would like to be able to support their local park but there wasn’t an easy way to do this.

"That’s why we developed MyParkScotland as a safe and easy way for people to donate to support park improvement projects developed by Friends of Parks and other local groups, and to make donations to parks.

"MyParkScotland is an independent Scottish charity and this means we are able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations and we are using this ‘extra funding’ to build sustainability and endowment funds for Scotland’s parks – helping to safeguard these national treasures for future generations."

One of the first projects to feature on MyParkScotland is the Hayburn Play Park Association in Glasgow.

They’ve already raised £70,000 towards their target of £81,000 to create an amazing natural play environment for children; they are looking to raise £550 to create a mini-orchard.

Over in Edinburgh, the Friends of Figgate Park will be raising money for bat boxes in the park and in Saughton Park they’re looking to bring the historic bandstand back to life.

MyParkScotland is one of 11 UK projects supported by the Rethinking Parks programme. Rethinking Parks a partnership between Nesta, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, and aims to support organisations to develop new approaches to sustaining and making the most of the UK’s public parks.

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