Community groups can now bid for funds to establish a new pocket park or refurbish an existing park. Pocket parks are small plots of land, often about the size of a tennis court, and mostly seen in urban spaces. They provide a green oasis which can help improve the physical and mental health of the communities using them. Existing pocket parks are used for everything from a quiet escape from busy city life to physical exercise, growing vegetables, children’s play and community events. 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. Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP said: ‘ Green spaces offer people a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of life to relax, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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