Parks cash in on lottery funding

More than £7m will be given to parks that struck lucky with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, with others firming up bids worth almost £16m.

More than £3m of joint funding will go to parks in Croydon and Cumbria, while £3.3m of heritage money will pay for work on two further parks in Scotland and Wales.

GreenSpace business development manager David Tibbatts said: "Such funding hasn't just restored and conserved lost and vulnerable heritage features, it has transformed spaces, re-energised them and restored their position at the heart of communities."

Wandle Park in Croydon was awarded £1.9m to uncover a river and mend various features. The Green at Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria, won £1.2m to mend a pagoda and its gardens.

Duthie Park in Aberdeen will spend £2.5m restoring ponds and a fountain. Cwmdonkin Park in Swansea will spend £820,000 restoring its Victorian features.

Meanwhile, development funding totalling £900,000 was awarded to 11 parks across the UK, with a view to final bids being worth a collective £15.8m.


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