BIG Lottery Fund has awarded £420,000 to parks charity GreenSpace’s Love Parks project, which aims to encourage a nationwide network of trained volunteers to help conserve parks and green spaces.
“NHS evidence shows an estimated £2.1bn could be saved in healthcare costs if every household in the country had access to good green space,” said BIG. “Yet research by GreenSpace indicates a 30 to 40 per cent cut in spending in some areas.
“In light of this, Love Parks will work to empower communities to become confident local champions to protect, conserve and improve their local green space. Training, resources and networking will equip volunteer groups across England.
BIG England chair Nat Sloane said: “We are experiencing hard times and as a result of this the vast majority of green spaces are facing significant reductions in funding. The grant awarded to GreenSpace shows our ongoing commitment in this area.”
The funding will enable GreenSpace to improve its existing community network and create a new training-and-knowledge-share programme with the aim of making volunteers more influential and effective.