The six parks receiving awards are:
- Spinney Hill Park, Leicester
- Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
- St James' Park, Southampton
- Howard Park and Gardens, Letchworth Garden City
- Stamford Park, Tameside
- Queens Park, Bolton
HLF chief executive Carole Souter said: "Public parks are vital places and HLF and BIG are proud that our continued funding is steadily reversing years of under-investment. The £18m will go a long way to transform these six parks, but further money will always be needed to ensure they are properly maintained.
"These are difficult times. It would be terrible if parks budgets were cut. All the good work of the past 15 years could so easily be undone. So we would urge people to voice their passion for their local park. Write a letter to the council, join a friends group or get involved with what's happening or not happening in your park. We can all help make sure public parks are a priority."
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