Five coastal towns among 13 beneficiaries

Cannon Hall park and gardens, Barnsley

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund have announced a total of more than £33m of grants for improvements and restoration work to 13 public parks in the UK. The awards are part of the Parks for People joint programme to help conserve historic public parks and cemeteries.

As part of this latest round of awards, five coastal parks will receive grants. HLF hopes this will not only improve parks for local people, but attract tourism, helping boost the towns’ economies. The grants to be awarded are:

  • £1.8m to restore and repair the 1920s Venetian water gardens at Great Yarmouth
  • £4m to rejuvenate grade II-listed Stanmer Park, Brighton, restoring historic features and improving visitor facilities
  • £4.99m for Joseph Paxton’s South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough, installing a green gym and sensory garden
  • £1.7m for currently neglected Ellington Park, Ramsgate, originally laid out by Joseph Cheal in 1893
  • £2.1m to renew grade II-listed Mount Garden, Fleetwood, the town’s centrepiece

Another eight non-coastal parks will also receive funding. These are:

  • Beckenham Place Park, South London, receiving £4,999,900
  • Cannon Hall park and gardens, Barnsley, receiving £3,063,200
  • Thompson Park, Burnley, receiving £913,700
  • Castle Park, Bishops Stortford, receiving £2,190,400 (earmarked funding)
  • Fairhaven Gardens and lake, receiving £1,652,200 (earmarked funding)
  • Stevens Park, Dudley, £1,533,100 (earmarked funding)
  • Sydney Gardens, Bath, receiving £3,012,100 (earmarked funding)
  • Cyfartha Park, Merthyr Tydfil, receiving £1,170,000 (HLF only)

Projects with ‘earmarked’ funding are at an earlier stage in development and subject to plans progressing to the satisfaction of the HLF.

The deadline for the next round of Parks for People funding applications is 1 March, for decisions in June. Apply at www.hlf.org.uk.

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