Lottery Investment for UK Parks

On 22-December-2010, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) announced monetary grants of more than £7 million for historic park redevelopment projectsin the UK.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
The HLF, by using money raised through the National Lottery, funds a wide range of heritage programs including those for museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions. In relation to Parks, and since 1994, HLF has awarded £527m to over 550 public parks across the UK.

Big Lottery Fund (BIG)
BIG is the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors and has been providing grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.  The Big Lottery Fund and its predecessor bodies have invested more than £1.3billion in environmental initiatives.

The distributors have confirmed joint funding for the development of detailed plans for works to 11 parks across the UK as well funding for the redevelopment of:
• Wandle Park, Croydon, London (HLF/BIG grant of £1.9m)
• Silloth-on-Solway, The Green, Allerdale, Cumbria (HLF/BIG grant of £1.2m)
• Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea (HLF grant of £820,000)
• Duthie Park, Aberdeen (HLF grant of £2.5m)

Carole Souter, chief executive of the HLF, said: “A local park is a vital resource for surrounding communities and can often be people’s only available green space for recreation and leisure. We are absolutely committed to supporting historic parks across the UK and by doing so protecting the wonderful legacy that was left to us by the Victorians.”

David Tibbatts, general manager of GreenSpace said support for public parks provided by Lottery funding was greatly needed and appreciated. “HLF and BIG have made the greatest contribution to green space improvement, providing funding that hasn’t just restored and conserved lost and vulnerable heritage features but has transformed spaces, re-energised them and restored their position at the heart of communities.”

You can read further information on:
• The ‘Historic UK Parks £6.4m Lottery Investment
• The National Lottery distribution of money for ‘Good Causes

As with many restorations projects, particularly those of this nature, the requirement for project advice from a Tree Consultant and Ecological Consultant is often utilised at an early stage (i.e. Tree Survey and Tree Advice / Ecological Assessment and Protected Species Surveys). If you have experience of working with Park Restoration and/or have seen first hand the benefits to your local community, we would like to hear about it: comments, photos and queries to info@indigosurveys.co.uk.

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