Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) chief executive Carole Souter said: "What better time to be investing in parks than at the beginning of the new year?
Lloyd and Aveling Park, Waltham Forest - £3.48m
Once home to the artist William Morris as well as newspaper publisher Frank Lloyd, Lloyd Park was opened in 1900 with Aveling Park added in 1912.
The combined 12ha of land provides an essential recreational space for the surrounding community and includes what is thought to be a Medieval moat and island, and an original set of entrance piers and gates. The grant will be used to restore the park's historic features, revitalise the landscape and enhance the wildlife habitat. New facilities include a café, gallery and community space, with an extensive programme of training and educational opportunities.
Walsall Arboretum - £4.57m
The arboretum, located on the edge of Walsall town centre, opened in 1874. Features that will be restored include the Grade II-listed boathouse, two lakes, a bandstand and the clock tower. The project will offer a wide range of activities involving schools and community groups. There will also be volunteering opportunities alongside the expanded ranger service.
Hillworth Park, Devizes, Wiltshire - £1.2m
Originally part of the extensive gardens of a large country house, Hillworth Park first opened to the public when the estate was purchased as a response to the post-war housing shortage. The park still retains fragments of its designed 18th/19th-century landscape. The funding will enable a number of features to be restored including the Grade II*-listed Garden Pavilion and the children's play areas. Additionally, a volunteer ranger scheme will be introduced to help two newly created posts of park wardens to manage the park.
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