‘Pocket park’ to get £52k for improvements

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A urban space undergoing a transformation into a green oasis has received a cash boost.

The Cedarwood Trust has been working with residents in North Shields to install planters in part of the estate where there are no play or park facilities.

Now it is one of four north east projects sharing a £52,000 cash boost from the government.

The money will be used to create a pocket park where young families can interact with outdoor activity and nature, featuring a wild area for bugs, bird houses, willow tree sculptured den and an area for organised free play activities.

Local ‘play champions’ will be trained to encourage children into active lifestyles and to enjoy their natural surroundings.

Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, said: “Parks and green spaces provide valuable space for communities to socialise, relax, take part in exercise and for children to play.

“Our funding will benefit urban areas with few green spaces.

“The successful bids in the north east all have a strong community heart at the core of their ideas and they thought up creative ways to involve everyone in the area.”

Communities Minister, Marcus Jones, added: “Parks are gateways to the great outdoors providing direct contact with nature.

“This funding will allow neglected areas to be transformed into vital community assets for our towns and cities across the country.

“The successful community groups awarded funding all came up with incredibly inventive ideas to improve the quality of local life and we cannot wait to see the end results.”