Parks for People programme announces £14m of funding for eight green spaces

Eight communities across the UK will share in grants worth £14m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund's (BIG) Parks for People programme.

The cash awards were announced today (15 April) along with a further £1.6m of development funding for 13 other parks to help them work up detailed proposals for applications.

HLF chairman Jenny Abramsky said: "Parks are important to our physical and mental health, providing much-needed space for rest and recreation in our increasingly congested and busy lives."

The grants

Lichfield's Beacon Park
, Minster Pool and Garden of Remembrance (Staffordshire) — £3.9m

Coventry's War Memorial Park (West Midlands) — £2.8m

Sunderland's Barnes Park
— £2.4m

Perthshire's MacRosty Park
— £1.1m

Stevenage's Town Centre Gardens (Hertfordshire) — £1.7m

Gyllyngdune Gardens
in Falmouth (Cornwall) — £939,000

Stafford Orchard in Quorn (Leicestershire) — £645,000  

Burngreen Park
in Kilsyth (North Lanarkshire) — £420,000

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