Community groups in England have until the 25th January 2019 to apply for funding to establish new pocket parks or to refurbish existing parks. Pocket parks are defined for this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, although many are around 0.02 hectares – the size of a tennis court; and mostly found in urban spaces.
Existing pocket parks are used for everything from a quiet escape from busy city life to physical exercise, growing vegetables, children’s play and community events.
A total of £1,000,000 is available and community groups can bid for grants of up to £15,000 to build new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for renovating existing parks.
The funding is being made available through the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.