West Suffolk groups encouraged to apply for pocket park funding

An example of an urban pocket park ANL-151120-130214001
An example of an urban pocket park ANL-151120-130214001

Matthew Hancock MP wants community groups in West Suffolk to apply for a part of a Government grant to turn under used areas of towns and villages into pocket parks.

Pocket parks were first created in New York in the 1960s as people increasingly looked for green spaces and have been successfully implemented in London.

The grant – worth over £1.5 million – has been allocated by the Department for Communities and Local Government and recent proposals have included creating wildlife habitats and transforming run-down gardens .

Matthew said: “Whilst we are fortunate to live in such a wonderful part of the country with lots of green and open space, I have read in depth at how successfully this initiative has worked in cities and I now want to bring this idea to West Suffolk.

“I have written to all the town mayors in West Suffolk and very much hope that they apply for part of this Government grant.

“I also encourage all green – fingered community groups to get involved and see if they are eligible for this scheme”