As always, there is plenty to report from this month’s landscaping and horticulture news. This week, we look at how money is being both raised and spent to improve the lives of people in our communities.
Parks and Green Spaces Receive £34m in Funding
According to an article in this August’s Landscape and Amenity magazine, a huge £34 million is being invested in some of the UK’s most deserving green spaces. The HLF and Big Lottery Fund look to improve some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities by contributing this large sum of money in run down areas.
What will be done?
Places such as historic buildings will be transformed into public facilities and cafes to hopefully attract more visitors to the area and generate more income. In the article, HLF’s chair explains the importance of being outdoors and looking after urban areas in particular.
It is reported that there are 16 historic places that will benefit from National Lottery players’ money to ensure their success for the future.
Just some of the projects planned to take place include Peel Park in Salford, where public Wi-Fi will be installed, and the Venetian-inspired water gardens in Great Yarmouth, constructed after World War 1.
Other renovations include the mill pond at Victoria Park in Stafford, which will be used to harness renewable energy, and Winckley Square Gardens which are based in Preston.
London to Brighton cycle event for Perennial
In an effort to raise money for Perennial’s Go Green fundraising fortnight in September, gardeners from teams such as the Three Peaks Extreme and members of Perennial’s ‘Grubby Gardeners’ fundraising team, will be taking part in a London to Brighton bike ride challenge on 6th September.
According to an article on Horticulture Week online, the bike ride will take place over a whopping 54 miles between Clapham Common and Brighton waterfront.
Facing the Challenge
The Three Peaks Extreme team, who raised a substantial amount of money for Perennial two years ago, will be taking on the challenge alongside garden designers who make up the ‘Grubby Gardeners’ fundraising team.
The cycling challenge is just one of this year’s events helping to raise money for Perennial’s Go Green campaign. Another event that will aid the UK’s only charity for horticulturists in times of crisis, is the Nuts Challenge on 5th September.
This mud run challenge will be set at Swires farm in Dorking and offers the perfect chance to have fun and raise money at the same time.
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