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£2.75m more funding announced for pocket parks plus programme

£2.75m more funding announced for pocket parks plus programme

The government has announced that an additional £2.75 million is to be made available for the pocket parks plus programme to support communities in transforming their neglected and derelict spaces.

The news was part of an announcement by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP on 17 February of more than £13 million extra for green spaces across the country.

Of this, £9.7 million of funding will go to local leaders and communities to help them better maintain, protect and increase their recreational spaces.

£2.75 million will be made available for the pocket parks plus programme, and a further £1.2 million has been provided to the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Future Parks Accelerator initiative. The partnership supports local authorities to test new and innovative approaches to managing and funding parks.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“Our parks and green spaces are huge assets to our towns and cities, offering precious spaces for all of us to get together, to exercise and to play.

“This latest funding will support bold proposals to help renovate and restore existing parks and create new vibrant, safe green spaces for our communities.

“The future of our nation’s parks is an issue close to all our hearts and we will do all we can to preserve these vital green lungs that breathe life into our communities.”

 

 

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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