Tom Brake MP was one of a number of MPs who took part in a week-long celebration in Parliament of the impact National Lottery funding has across the UK. Tom met representatives from the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund to discuss their investment in the UK’s public parks.
Commenting Tom Brake MP said:
“It was really useful to learn more about the work being done by the National Lottery distributors in Carshalton and Wallington, particularly the Parks for People programme, which has had a huge impact on our green spaces. ”
Commenting on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, Head of Landscape and Natural Heritage, Drew Bennellick said:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to demonstrate the vital role that high quality public parks play in our towns and cities. Parks provide essential ‘free’ recreational spaces improving people’s health and wellbeing whilst providing essential environmental services such as urban cooling, flood alleviation and habitats for wildlife. Historic public parks are also a rich source of learning and often fundamental to the identity of a place and a great source of local civic pride.”
National Lottery investment has repaired and reconstructed bandstands, repaired monuments, dredged lakes, provided new habitats for wildlife, created ways to generate new income through for example the creation of cafes and events spaces, and brought hundreds of families into their parks to discover their history and the joys of being outside. An estimated 2.6 billion visits are made to the UK’s parks each year and public parks offer one of the most important social spaces in a neighbourhood. Poor quality parks however, can have a detrimental effect on social cohesion.
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Photo attached of Helen Shaw, Parliamentary and Stakeholder Officer, Big Lottery Fund and Tom Brake MP.
More on the Parks for People funding can be found at:
Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 they have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund invests National Lottery money to transform and sustain the UK’s heritage for people. Heritage Lottery Fund helps people to get involved with the UK’s heritage, making a positive impact, enriching lives, communities and wider society for the future.
We aim to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. To date, HLF has supported 38,000 projects with over £6.6bn across the UK.