Good News for Historic Parks
Eleven historic parks in the UK have received good news from the Heritage Lottery Fund this week. Victoria Gardens in Neath, Wales, has been awarded a grant of £1.39 million for its restoration, and ten other parks have been given a ‘first round pass’, which means that they qualify for funding and are now able to submit detailed proposals which could lead to a formal lottery grant in the future. This news will be welcomed by anyone who likes to see lottery money go to projects that enrich the daily lives of entire communities.
The ten parks that have each been awarded a first round pass span the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, as you will see from the list below:
Cwmdonkin Park in Swansea, which bid for £715,600 of HLF funding.
Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil, which bid for £1.93 million.
Dalmuir Park in Clydebank, which bid for £732,600.
East Park in Wolverhampton, which bid for £981,900.
Forty Hall Park in Enfield, London, which bid for £1.3 million.
Grosvenor Park in Chester, which bid for £2.26 million.
Haddo Country Park in Ellon, which bid for £993,500.
Tullycarnet Park in Belfast, which bid for £844,200.
Victoria Park in St Helens, which big for £2.79 million.
Walpole Park in Ealing, London, which bid for £1.98 million.
When the news of the Victoria Gardens grant and the ten first round passes was released, Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Today’s news brings some seasonal festive cheer to 11 popular local parks. The Heritage Lottery Fund has a track record of providing much-needed support for public parks across the UK; without it many of them would revert back to how they were 20 years ago – run-down, neglected and often unsafe. We continue to champion parks, not just because they are an important part of our heritage, but also because they make a huge difference to the quality of so many people’s daily lives.”
We congratulate Victoria Gardens on its grant and wish the other ten historic parks the best of luck with their grant applications. Lottery players who want to continue supporting the Heritage Lottery Fund and other Good Causes as well as enjoy a chance of winning themselves millionaire status can buy lottery tickets online.
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