Run-down urban spaces to be transformed, from Cornwall to Newcastle

£1.5m funding granted for 87 new pocket parks

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced the winners of £1.5m pocket parks funding, with 87 bijou schemes named across England.

Among the winning bids are a plan to convert an unused stretch of tarmac in Penryn into a native Cornish garden and play area; a plan to turn a rubbish tip in Wolverhampton into a wildlife area, working with mental health and physical disability groups; a riverside walkway in Chesterfield; and a parkour park in Staffordshire.

Pocket park grants are up to £15,000 for a piece of land up to 0.4ha, though some are just the size of a tennis court.

Communities secretary Greg Clark, said: ‘Our funding will benefit urban areas with few green spaces, delivering on the government’s manifesto commitment to deliver pocket parks across our country. These winning bids all have a strong community focus at the core of their plans and their designers have thought up highly creative ideas to turn unloved urban spaces into the green lungs of their communities that will be enjoyed for years to come.’

Details of all 87 projects can be seen on an interactive map.


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