A dozen parks needing refurbishment secure Heritage Lottery Fund support

Twelve parks are to be revitalised thanks to £18m of lottery funding aimed at easing burdens of cash-strapped parks departments.

Nine parks in England are to share £13m of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG).  Nearly £5m has been awarded separately by HLF for three parks in Scotland and Wales. 

Its chief executive Carole Souter said: "It’s been a tough year for those caring for our public parks but our commitment to this important part of the UK’s heritage is unwavering. 

Hednesford Park, Cannock, Staffordshire, is to receive £2.2m to improve its layout, refurbish a play area and build a new green gym. The pavilion will be overhauled to provide community and education facilities as well as a café. 

Walker Park, Newcastle upon Tyne will use its £1.8m grant to improve or reinstate footpaths and historic features and pay for a park ranger. Eureka Park, Swadlincote, Derbyshire will spend £547,300 on a five-year landscape restoration.

Plashet Park, Newham, London, will buy £1.3m worth of repairs to railings, footpaths and park furniture. Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir in Plymouth received £601,600 and Harlow Town Park in Essex £1.8m.

The three remaining parks are Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park, Berwick upon Tweed, which received almost £990,000, Runcorn Hill and Heath Park, Halton, Cheshire, £1.3m, and Markeaton Park, Derby, £2.5m.

Scotland’s Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick will spend £2.6m on reinstating a bandstand while Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock won initial support for £3.1m. Margam Country Park in Port Talbot will spend £1.6m on restoration.

Meanwhile four pipeline projects won £666,500 development funding: Hanley Park, Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Park, Ikeston, Derbyshire, the Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead, and Ampthill Great Park, Bedford.

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