Four parks share £4.4m grants

Four historic parks are celebrating after the award of £4.4m cash grants from the Parks for People programme.

Berkshire, Carlisle, North Yorkshire and County Antrim were awarded the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

Herschel Park in Slough, Berkshire, was awarded £1.69 million, and Pannett Park, in Whitby, received £1.4 million.

Carlisle's Chances Park picked up £869,000 from the Parks for People scheme, while Dixon Park in County Antrim received a grant of £514,000.

Big Lottery Fund chairman Sir Clive Booth said: "This investment will help to guarantee that communities get the most of what parks have to offer.

"Parks require a lot of maintenance and care and this funding will help to safeguard these valuable green spaces and the environment for future generations to enjoy."

Herschel Park, Slough
Awarded £1.69 million
This park will be restored to its original splendour and the old Victorian coach house will be converted into a new multi-use community and visitor centre.
A nature reserve which adjoins the park will be planted with trees and wildflowers.

Pannett Park, Whitby
Awarded £1.4 million
The park's lily pond will be restored and a new play area created.
A commemorative garden will be created, as well as a series of community gardens where local groups and schools will look after their own piece of the park.
The plans also include the creation of a Jurassic Garden which celebrates Whitby's geology and links it to the exhibits in the museum.

Chances Park, Carlisle
Awarded £869,000
Original features such as iron railings will be reinstated and the ha-ha, pathways and lighting will also be improved.
A performance area will be created and a new avenue of trees will be planted.

Dixon Park, County Antrim
Awarded £514,000
New play facilities will be created with the cash, which will also fund skills training and volunteering opportunities for local people.
The original paths are being replaced and the bandstand, gates and railings will be restored.


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