Betting on investment
Recently the Heritage Lottery Fund published a report detailing the decline of our public parks and green spaces. The report also stated that this decline is likely to continue on a downward spiral if a serious shake up of their funding and maintenance doesn't happen soon.
But promising news is on the horizon in the form of a substantial investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. This month they have injected £34.5 million into the rejuvenation of 13 public parks in the UK.
This much welcomed cash will go towards restoring historical monuments and creating more of a community atmosphere. This will also include building or restoring cafes and providing facilities for training and volunteer groups.
The improvements made with the Heritage Lottery Fund investment will hopefully become a blueprint for rolling out across the country.
Save our green spaces
Public parks and green spaces are incredibly important. In particular in our more built up areas where private gardens come at a premium and communities need a meeting place to connect with their neighbours.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s report highlights the need to keep our parks maintained and ensure they can continue to be self sustainable.
The Chair of the Lottery Fund, Dame Jenny Abramsky said of the project
“This report makes for sobering reading. Parks are highly valued, precious places that are vital to our physical and emotional well-being. Following decades of decline, Lottery funding sparked a parks renaissance but that is now at risk.
We realise these are financially tough times and that is why we need collaborative action and a fresh approach to halt this threat of decline and stop this cycle of boom and bust. Our parks are far too important not to act now.”
Bucking the trend
82% of the UK’s park managers have reported that their budgets have continued to be cut over the past 4 years.
But despite this trend, the public are still flocking to these meeting places, with an estimate 34 million people visiting every year and 68% of these users considering the park essential to maintaining their quality of life.
We will watch the redevelopment of the UK’s parks very closely over the next few months and years to see how these improvements, funded by the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds, will benefit the community.
Our local park could do with some love!
We couldn't do without our local park!
Finally lottery money being put to some use!
It is worrying that the government don't seem to be putting a great deal into our parks. I think it's a great idea that finally something is being done about their rejuvenation. We use our local park every weekend, even in the winter months.