Published: 18th Feb 2019

£13m will be made available for local authorities to improve their parks and green spaces, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced. £9.7m of the funding will be given to councils to better maintain and protect their recreational spaces. An additional £2.75m will also be made available for the ‘pocket parks’ plus programme, following the initial £1m that was announced in December. The government define a pocket park as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict. A further £1.2m has been provided to the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Future Parks Accelerator initiative. The partnership supports local authorities to test new and innovative approaches to managing and funding parks, ensuring the benefits of public parks and green spaces are enjoyed by … (To read the full article, subscribe below)