The Department for Communities & Local Government has allocated £1.5m to 87 community groups across the country to create pocket parks, neglected urban plots which are turned into green spaces, including 12 in the North West.
The parcels of land being targeted for the pocket parks are often very small, such as the size of a tennis court. The spaces are particularly beneficial for those living in towns and cities who may not have gardens of their own.
The parks that will be supported in the North West are:
- Apple Market Park and Danefields Community Area in Northwich
- Central pocket park, Birkenhead,
- The Florrie Pocket Park, Liverpool
- North Park Fruit Meadow, Bootle
- St Barnabus Pocket Park, Manchester
- St Andrews, Droylsden
- Ashton West Doorstep Garden
- Victoria Street Pocket Park, Oldham
- Petrus Community Park, Rochdale
- Thirlmere Pocket Park, Chorley Moor
- Hodge House Pocket Park, Kendal
The DCLG has created an interactive map showing the location of 87 parks proposed across the country, from Newcastle to Penryn in Cornwall.
Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, said: “Parks and green spaces breathe life into our bustling towns and cities providing communities with precious spaces to get together, exercise and play.
“Our funding will benefit urban areas with few green spaces, delivering on the government’s manifesto commitment to deliver pocket parks across our country.
“These winning bids all have a strong community focus at the core of their plans and their designers have thought up highly creative ideas to turn unloved urban spaces into the green lungs of their communities that will be enjoyed for years to come.”