Parks: Finance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make another funding round for schemes for the funding of pocket parks.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

In the last 2 years Government has made £16.3 million available to support parks and green spaces, including:

  • £9.7 million Local Authority Parks Improvement Fund
  • £5.1 million Pocket Parks and Pocket Parks Plus programmes (in addition to £1.05 million on Pocket Parks in 2015/16)
  • £1.41 million to test and pilot new management and funding models for parks through the Future Parks Accelerator programme and to support Newcastle City Council development of parks charitable trust.

In addition to this, the Government has recently announced £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund in England. The fund will support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and engagement with nature. The fund will protect up to 2000 jobs and create up to 3000 more whilst delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. Further information on the fund can be found at:

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