Champion city raises parks budget by £600k

Extra cash for green spaces in Nottingham is being allocated across projects in the city.

Earlier this year, Nottingham City Council announced plans to add £600,000 to its parks budget for improvements to green spaces. Last week the city won the award of Britain in Bloom's Champion of Champions.

As part of the investment, £30,000 has been awarded to Chediston Vale Park, in Bestwood, for playground improvements.

Although formal designs for the site have not been finalised yet, the parks and open space team will be working with the local community to draw up plans so that the scheme can be completed before next April.

Initial ideas include new equipment for the playground and improving the rest of the open space to include areas of planting, new bins, benches and paths.

Nottingham City Council, which was a finalist in Horticulture Week's Landscape and Amenity Awards held last week, is planning to add extra park keepers and rangers over the next three years.

Head of parks and open spaces Eddie Curry said the extra cash was attributable to the parks service pushing for investment. It followed the publication of open and green-space strategy Breathing Space.

"Over the next six months we will be recruiting for a number of key strategic posts within our team," he said. "We are setting up a new playgrounds maintenance and management programme, with a manager running the whole team."

Curry explained that the park ranger scheme would be increased from seven to 17 by April next year.

"The public will see a huge difference in our parks," he said.

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