Lotteries announce £34m of new green space grants

Sixteen historic parks and cemeteries across the UK are to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in the latest round of grants.

The run-down Hanley Park pavilion. Image: Supplied
The run-down Hanley Park pavilion. Image: Supplied

The £34m of grants will transform the sites, all of which have heritage significance. Disused historic buildings will be restored and used as new cafes or public facilities, helping to attract more people and therefore more income.

Innovations include public wi-fi installed in Peel Park, Salford and plans to harness renewable energy from the mill pond at Victoria Park, Stafford.

HLF's chair Sir Peter Luff said: "We all benefit from spending time outside in the fresh air, so it's vital that we look after our green spaces, particularly in dense urban areas. National Lottery players' money will give a boost to each of these 16 historic places, helping make sure they have a great future."

To date, National Lottery money to the tune of £770million has been invested in parks since 1996.

The 16 parks and cemeteries receiving funding today are:

HLF/Big Lottery Fund joint grants in England

Earmarked funding

West Smethwick Park, Sandwell £4,830,700

Victoria Park, Stafford £1,705,100

Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, West Norfolk £ 685,400

Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways £1,020,800

Springfield Park, Hackney £3,194,100

Thompson Park, Burnley £ 860,100

London Road Cemetery, Coventry £1,998,000

Confirmed grants

Chase Park, Gateshead £ 922,900

Peel Park, Salford £1,572,800

Winckley Square Gardens, Preston £ 942,600

Northwood Cemetery, Isle of Wight £1,685,100

Hanley Park, Stoke on Trent £4,579,300

HLF-only funded grants

Belfast Cemetery (earmarked funding) £1,852,800

Stornoway Castle grounds £3,903,600

Dean Castle Country Park, East Ayrshire £3,338,900

Wrexham Cemetery £1,190,000

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