DCLG have recently announced £1.5 million is available for the creation of up to 100 Pocket Parks in deprived areas of England (excluding London). That’s the good news – the not so good news is that applications have to be in by 10th December (2015) with work completed by this financial year. So this will probably only apply to projects that are nearly ready to go as only limited community consultation will be possible within this short timespan.
The programme itself looks good with all the encouragement to seek a Green Flag Community Award and to get the site registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Local Greenspace Designation.
Deadline for applications: 5pm Thursday 10th December 2015
DCLG describe Pocket Parks as locally identified, smaller areas of green space ultra-local to where people live and work – can provide those wellbeing opportunities, as well as helping to improve community integration, community pride and social action, especially where communities are involved in the upkeep and development decisions of the park.
Photo: Fairstead Doorstep Green, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Pete Johnstone