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Coastal Parks Receive Lottery Millions

Coastal Parks Receive Lottery Millions
Updated: Thursday 12th January 2017

A total of more than £33 million raised for Good Causes by lottery players in the UK has been awarded to thirteen public parks, five of which are in coastal communities. The seaside areas that will benefit from grants issued by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund are Brighton, Fleetwood, Great Yarmouth, Ramsgate and Scarborough.

The grants have been awarded to help improve the green spaces in the regions concerned in an effort to boost tourism (and therefore the local economy) in those areas, and also to help enrich the lives of the people who live there all year round. 

The biggest coastal grant, worth £4.99 million, will go to South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough. The money will be used to restore those gardens and its pathways, and at the same time create new features, including a sensory garden and a fitness installation. 

Stanmer Park in Brighton will receive £4 million to help restore its historical features (the park is Grade II listed) and improve facilities for visitors, whilst Mount Garden in Fleetwood (which is also Grade II listed) will have £2.1 million to help restore its historical buildings and features.

The Venetian Waterways in Great Yarmouth will be restored and a new café opened thanks to a lottery grant of £1.8 million, and Ellington Park in Ramsgate will receive £1.7 million to renovate its bandstand, restore its best features and provide a new café and toilet facilities.

Grants have also been awarded to eight non-coastal parks, and those are Beckenham Place Park in South London, Cannon Hall Park and Gardens in Barnsley, Thompson Park in Burnley, Castle Park in Bishops Stortford, Fairhaven Gardens and Lake, Stevens Park in Dudley, Sydney Gardens in Bath and Cyfartha Park in Merthyr Tydfil.

It is always satisfying to hear how money raised by lottery players is being put to such good use, and news such as this reminds us that lottery participation isn’t just about winning big money for ourselves. Of course, having the chance to win a jackpot is still one of the main reasons why people play lottery games, and this week there are some massive prizes up for grabs.

On Friday, EuroMillions will offer a jackpot worth an estimated £53 million and, on Saturday, Lotto offers its first eight-figure jackpot of the year, with a top prize that is expected to be worth around £10.4 million. Visit our Lottery Statistics section if you would like some inspiration for your entries, and we hope that your support for Good Causes brings you plenty of good luck for yourself too!

Published: Thursday 12th January 2017

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