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Six parks to share £18m HLF funding
Revamp work starts
A range of refurbishment schemes across the UK in line to receive Lottery cash
on Sunderland park
A Sunderland park – first By Pete Hayman
opened a century ago – has now
closed to allow construction Six parks across the UK are set
work to get underway on a to be transformed after being
£3.3m restoration of the site. handed a share of an £18m
The regeneration of Barnes Park, funding package from the
which first opened in 1909, is Heritage Lottery Fund and the
scheduled to take 18 months Big Lottery Fund.
and will include the installation The cash injection has been
of play spaces for disabled and made through the Parks for
able-bodied people of all ages. People initiative, which aims to
Historic features will be restored, support a range of projects to
while the scheme will also see restore and improve public
the creation of a sensory garden parks throughout Britain. Bolton's Queens Park will benefit from a new community pavilion
designed to cater for the needs Stewart Park in Middles-
of visually-impared people and brough has received a grant of with a café will also be opened Greater Manchester, has netted
the regeneration of the lake area more than £4.3m to help fund to teach horticultural, conserva- nearly £4m to preserve historic
a scheme to provide a new tion and catering skills. buildings and monuments.
Natural environment
visitor centre, an education Queens Park in Bolton, Spinney Hill Park in Leicester
"critical to prosperity"
venue and a shop, as well as Lancashire, has been awarded (£2.6m), St James' Park in
A new report published by training workshops and two nearly £4.3m to fund a new Southampton (£1.1m) and
Natural England has revealed public event spaces. community pavilion with café Howard Park and Gardens in
that investment in the natural Improvements will be made and the refurbishment of a Letchworth Garden City
environment is "critical" to the to lakes, paths and woodland Grade II-listed lodge, while (£1.8m) were also among the
long-term economic prosperity and a vocational training centre Stamford Park in Tameside, parks to receive funding.
of Britain. The No Charge?
Valuing the Natural Environment
study claims that the natural
Trent Vale £2.8m funding bid receives green light
environment contributes billions
of pounds to the UK economy, By Pete Hayman
while also identifying savings
that can be made by looking Plans for a £2.8m initiative to
after the countryside. According celebrate the natural and
to the report, investment in cultural heritage of the River
schemes designed to reduce the Trent have been handed a fund-
levels of greenhouse gas ing boost by the Heritage
emissions from farming by 11 Lottery Fund (HLF).
per cent has resulted in carbon The Trent Vale Landscape

savings of around £180m. Partnership (TVLP) has been
successful in its bid to secure a
Scottish forest bid
£1.6m grant from the HLF, image
for Dark Sky status
which will be used for a range Wildlife habitats are to be preserved as part of the new initiative
Forestry Commission Scotland of schemes between Newark,
has submitted its application to Nottinghamshire, and Gains- of public bodies, such as more over the next three years.
see whether Galloway Forest Park borough, Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire County Council, This is the culmination of four
in south west Scotland meets Work on the three-year Nottinghamshire County years hard work."
the International Dark-Sky project is set to get underway Council, the Royal Society for Des Gallagher, HLF casework
Association's (IDA) criteria for in 2010, including the creation the Protection of Birds and manager for the East Midlands
stargazing. IDA will now decide of heritage trails, the conserva- Natural England. region, added: "The Trent Vale
if the park's skies are considered tion of hundreds of hectares of Rob Fitzsimons, Trent Vale contrasts the natural beauty of
dark enough to be awarded Dark wildlife habitats and improve- development manager, said: meadows and tidal reaches of
Sky status along with the three ments to riverside moorings. "Thousands of people will be the River Trent with the
existing Dark Sky Parks, which Led by British Waterways, able to get involved in events, distinctive industrial heritage of
are all located in the US. the TVLP comprises a number activities, training and much the East Midlands."
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