Parks For People

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Open spaces like the green belt,the national parks and everyones little local park are highly prized oases of calm away from everyday bustle. Often the smaller ones are taken for granted until sometimes they disappear. So when money is ploughed into improve them it gets little publicity apart from in the places concerned.
£14 million pounds has just been allotted by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme. So what is the money used for? The obvious answer is planting and maintaining but in fact there is more than that in this large grant. It helps train tour guides and encourages people to arrange events within the parks so we, as tourists, get the most out of them.
The lucky places getting a share of the cash are;
Coventry: War Memorial Park
Crieff: MacRostey Park
Falmouth: Gyllyngdune Gardens
Kilsyth: Burngreen Park
Lichfield: Beacon Park, Minster Pool and the Garden of Remembrance
Quorn: Stafford Orchard
Stevenage: Town Centre Gardens
Sunderland: Barnes Park
There are a further 13 parks up and down the country that have been awarded some funds to enable them to create a project to get full funding like the seven above.
the Heritage Lottery Fund invests some £20 million per year (so far £400 million in 300 different projects)in public park projects so for those of who who would like access to lottery money to improve your local parks and open spaces then you have until 31 of August to get your application in. You’ll find details at www.hlf.org.uk

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