Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces
Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:12
Community-led organisations in partnership with local authorities are invited to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks.
£1.35 million is available to create new pocket parks or renovate existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where it can be shown that physical changes could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need.
The Pocket Parks scheme builds on the success of the 2018 Pocket Parks Plus Scheme which has delivered funding to 198 projects across England.
They expect to allocate grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for renovation of existing parks split between capital and revenue expenditure.
Grants will be paid to the appropriate principal local authority that is supporting the application so that it can be released to the community in order to deliver the project. Pocket parks are defined for the purpose of this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are 0.02 hectares - equivalent to the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict.
They will support communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.
Renovation of parks Renovation of parks or parts of a park should address specific local needs and lead to a significant increase in the use of the park, such as:
• bringing a children's play area back into use;
• encouraging local people to use parks for exercise and physical activities and improve physical or mental wellbeing;
• bringing communities together to overcome social barriers, for instance younger and older people or people from different cultural backgrounds; and
• encouraging people to use the park who may be less likely to do so, for instance disabled people or people from BAME backgrounds.
Ownership of the site in which the park is located may rest with the community, the local authority or other public sector body, or a private sector body or trust including a housing association.
The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019.