Six green spaces share £13m Parks for People cash

Parks in London, Darlington, Oldham and Stoke-on-Trent are now set to begin major redevelopment work after £13m confirmed grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme.

The parks receiving grants in this round are still benefiting from the joint HLF and Big Lottery Fund partnership on the scheme, which ended in March 2009.

The six parks receiving grants are:

Bishop's Park and Fulham Palace Grounds, Fulham, London - £3.64m

The gardens of Fulham Palace were once surrounded by the longest moat in England. The grounds were made famous in the 16th century when grapes were cultivated there and sent to Queen Elizabeth I by Bishop Grindal. Bishop's Park officially opened in 1893 and included land known as Bishop's Walk, Bishop's Meadow and West Meadow.

 The Parks for People grant will enable these two pieces of parkland to be reunited through the restoration of the existing landscape and buildings. Volunteering opportunities and activity programmes will also help involve the local community in the day-to-day running of the park.  

Horniman Gardens, Forest Hill, London - £907,000

Horniman Gardens comprise 6.4ha of formal and natural landscapes, ranging from sunken rose gardens to ethno-botanical planting.

This money from HLF and BIG means the park's historic features, such as the bandstand terrace, can be restored and picturesque views of the city opened up. Plans include a world food garden and new learning centre that will let young people learn about and engage with the history of the gardens

Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London - £4.5m

Victoria Park was opened in 1845, after Queen Victoria received a petition of 30,000 signatures from East Enders requesting a park in the area. The local council's visitor survey showed the park can expect more than 7.5m visits a year.

Lottery funding will go towards restoring the park's four most well-known features: the Burdett-Coutts Fountain; the Chinese Pagoda; the Dogs of Alcibiades; and the Old English Garden. There will be new volunteering and training opportunities including the chance to learn horticultural and conservation skills.

Brinkburn Denes Park, Darlington - £878,500

The establishment of the Denes began by piecing various parts of existing landscape together during the 1920s, starting with the then named Cockerton Valley Gardens, a disused part of the Pease Estate. The Pease family, who donated the land, lived and worked in the area and were heavily involved the coal and manufacturing industries. They were also the founders of the Darlington and Stockton railway.

The Denes serves an area of terraced housing where local people have very little green space. The grant will be used to revitalise the existing landscape and introduce a full range of activities and events - including volunteering and training opportunities for young people. Better lighting and new entrances to the park will also be put in, improving access and creating a safer place for the community to enjoy. 

Dunwood Park, Oldham - £1.093m

Dunwood Park lies in Shaw in Oldham and was created in 1912 to give the local community and mill workers access to a healthy environment and green space. 

Plans for Dunwood include restoring and refurbishing two park buildings, revitalising worn-out paths, repairing original dry stone walls, and creating an adventure play zone. The park will also be developed as an active hub for local events and activities.

Burslem Park, Stoke-on-Trent, - £2.097m

Grade II listed Burslem Park was created by landscape designer Thomas Mawson.  It opened to the public in 1894 and still retains many of its original 19th century features.

 Plans include extensive restoration work to the park's pavilion and terracotta terrace plus improved access, heritage and wildlife walks and special environmental educational programmes for schools and families.

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