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New funding for parks

Mon 1 April 2019, 1:39 pm

Harrow’s green spaces will benefit from £93,000 of funding to provide positive outdoor spaces for the public through “pocket parks”.

Four green-fingered park groups will use the funding to create small green spaces, and renovate existing public areas that have fallen into disrepair.

The funding was received from a £1 million pot set aside by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The first Pocket Parks programme was launched by the government in 2016, with the aim to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of communities using them.

The Friends of Harrow Weald plan to create a green accessible space with seating and a healthy walks route, while Friends of Harrow Rec intend to revitalise an overgrown part of the park into an exercise area for tai chi and yoga groups.

Friends of Rayners Mead plan to build a toddlers’ playground, and Friends of Pinner Village Gardens will refurbish an old ornamental pond to turn it into a new focal point for socialising.

Councillor Varsha Parmar, portfolio holder for environment, said: “As London gets busier, it’s important to look around and invest in all the green space we are lucky enough to have. Far from being pocket-size, each of these areas is a great, big oasis for Harrow residents.

“The government has dug deep and this extra funding will go a long way in making our parks stand out. It is a feather in the caps of all the Friends who work closely with us to make Harrow a better place.”

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