£1.5 million funding announced for ‘pocket parks’

The government has announced £1.5 million funding to convert unused areas into small green spaces, known as ‘pocket parks’.

The plans take cues from New York, which first introduced pocket parks in the 1960s to provide green spaces among the city landscape, with Paley Park in Manhattan standing as a famous example.

Community groups supported by local authorities will be invited to apply for a cut of the £1.5 million funding and proposals can include a wide variety of different green spaces such as wildlife habitats and ornamental gardens.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “Parks and green spaces give us all a chance to relax and unwind from the rigours of modern life. They breathe life into our bustling towns and cities, and provide valuable space for communities to socialise, take part in exercise and children to play.

“Today’s £1.5 million funding for pocket parks will help transform scores of unloved spaces across our country, providing communities with parks that will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Communities Minister Marcus Jones said: “Parks are the gateway to the great outdoors and can provide a real boost to people’s wellbeing. They are particularly important in town centres where many don’t have their own gardens.

“That’s why with this new funding we are regenerating underused spaces and helping to make sure everyone has access to the green space they deserve.”

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