Published: 26th Mar 2019

Nearly 200 derelict green and urban spaces across the country will be transformed into new ‘pocket parks’, Parks Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed today (March 26). The Pocket Parks Plus Programme called on local communities to bid for a share of up to £15,000 to build new ‘pocket parks’ and up to £25,000 to renovate existing parks. The £3.75m programme will mean community-led groups from Alton in Hampshire to Widnes in Cumbria will receive funding to help bring parks that have fallen into disrepair back into use, as well as creating new ones. 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. Among the successful schemes to be funded will Flood Meadows in Alton, Hampshire – led by Amery Hill Residents Association. They … (To read the full article, subscribe below)