A £1.5m funding available: Apply by 10 December
The Department for Communities and Local Government is making £1.5m available nationwide for pocket parks and has invited community groups supported by local authorities to apply for a share of the funding.
The announcement follows the success of the Greater London Authority’s pocket parks programme, which has already seen the creation of more than 100 bijou parks in 26 boroughs since 2012. Pocket parks are deemed to be pieces of urban land up to 0.4ha (though areas as small as 0.02ha are common).
Drew Bennellick, head of landscape and natural heritage at the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: ‘As a nation we pride ourselves on the quality of our parks and green spaces. From our Victorian forebears we have inherited a history of creating wonderful green places vital for our health, wellbeing, culture and nature. This exciting new investment from DCLG offers an opportunity to inspire local people to continue the tradition whilst leaving an even greater legacy of quality green spaces for future generations to enjoy.’
According to a survey by Natural England, parks are the most frequently visited destinations in towns and cities, with an estimated 778million visits from 2013–2014.
Application forms are available here and should be submitted by 5pm on 10 December 2015.