Lottery Funds award £7m to park projects

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have announced grants totalling more than £7 million for major redevelopment projects in parks across the UK.

The organisations have allocated joint funds of £3.1m from the Parks for People programme to parks in England with Wandle Park in Croydon and The Green in Allerdale, Cumbria receiving £1.9 million and £1.2 million respectively.
HLF has separately awarded grants of £820,000 to Cwmdonkin Park in Swansea and £2.5 million to Duthie Park in Aberdeen to carry out improvement work.

The Lottery money distributors have also confirmed initial joint funding of £900,000 for 11 parks across the UK, including Richmond Park in London and Runcorn Hill Park in Cheshire, to help develop detailed plans for major restoration projects. The cash forms part of a combined total of £15.8 million applied for by the parks to pay for the upgrade work if the plans are accepted.

Carole Souter, chief executive of the HLF, said: "A local park is a vital resource for surrounding communities and can often be people’s only available green space for recreation and leisure. We are absolutely committed to supporting historic parks across the UK and by doing so protecting the wonderful legacy that was left to us by the Victorians."

David Tibbatts, general manager of GreenSpace said support for public parks provided by Lottery funding was greatly needed and appreciated. "HLF and BIG have made the greatest contribution to green space improvement, providing funding that hasn’t just restored and conserved lost and vulnerable heritage features but has transformed spaces, re-energised them and restored their position at the heart of communities."

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