Government announces £1m funding for community ‘pocket parks’

Up to £15,000 funding for small new parks and up to £25,000 available for renovating existing parks.

By Annette McGill

Community groups can bid for funds to make a new small ‘pocket park’ or to refurbish an existing park under a new scheme opened by the government.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is offering up to £15,000 funding to build new ‘pocket parks’ and up to £25,000 available for renovating existing parks.

Pocket parks are defined  as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, although many are around 0.02 hectares – the size of a tennis court. 

Existing pocket parks are mainly located in urban spaces. They offer quiet spaces to escape from busy city environments, as well as areas for physical exercise, growing vegetables, children’s play and community events.

Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP said: “Not all communities enjoy access to an abundance of usable space, while some existing parks might need a bit of TLC to bring them back to life.

"The ‘Pocket Park Plus’ fund will help local people to create and maintain small oases that they can take pride in and benefit from for years to come.”

The government launched the original Pocket Parks Scheme in 2015, focussing on supporting those in the most deprived areas. More than 80 new pocket parks were created under the scheme.  

Each pocket park will be an individual space tailored to the needs of the local area by the community group which has applied for the grant.

To apply: 

Full details about the fund and how to apply are available on the website. Applications close 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019.