Community groups in the UK wanting to create “pocket parks” in their area for use as children’s play areas, vegetable patches or community events can now bid for funding for green spaces under the government’s “pocket parks” programme.
The £1.35 million fund was announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick as part of the UK Government’s plans “to improve the mental and physical health of local people by providing a sustainable and affordable sanctuary away from the hustle of urban life”.
The Pocket Parks funding is intended for communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces – increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.
Those wanting to develop new parks can bid for up to £15,000. While up to £25,000 is available for plans to refurbish existing parks.
Funded projects will be led by community groups, in partnership with local authorities, to refurbish parks and encourage community activities.
For more information or to apply for funding, visit the Gov.UK website
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