£15 million announced for parks

Five historic parks are set to be transformed with the help of £14 million of grants announced today (14 October) by the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund.

The money from the joint Parks for People programme will help regenerate much-loved parks in Newcastle, West Bromwich, Plymouth, Newark and Worcester.

A further nine parks are also celebrating today having been awarded £913,700 to help develop detailed proposals for grants of £17 million.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said:

"We all know that good quality parks are essential to our communities. They can make a real difference to our health and social wellbeing. 

"We've seen a renaissance of our parks in recent years and this new funding will mean that even more people will be able to enjoy high quality green spaces to relax, exercise and play.

"I hope that local communities take this opportunity to get involved in restoring their parks as places for us all to enjoy."

The five parks receiving funding:

Newcastle - Ouseburn Parks £4.5million

West Bromwich - Dartmouth Park (£4.4 million)

Plymouth - Devonport Park (£3.3 million)

Worcester - Gheluvelt Park (£803,000)

Newark - Sconce and Devon Park (£1.13 million)

The nine parks awarded a Stage One Pass with development funding:

Bishops Park and Fulham Palace Grounds, London (£270,000)

Wallsend Parks, North Tyneside (£160,500)

Burslem Park, Stoke-on-Trent (£142,000)

Priory Park, Dudley (£110,000)

Middleton Park, Leeds (£101,000)

St James Park, Southampton (£64,500)

Dunwood Park, Oldham (£45,800)

Mesnes Park, Wigan (£12,000)

Hillworth Park, Wiltshire (£7,900)

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