Pocket Park funding announced

The Mayor of London has announced funding on the first of 100 ‘pocket parks’ – looking to transform underused urban spaces into “mini oases”.

Thanks to £2m of funding from the Mayor ‘pocket parks’, which are around the size of a tennis court, are set to reinvent some of London’s forgotten nooks and crannies.

In Shepherds Bush, an unloved depression next to two schools on the edge of Cathnor Park will be granted £40,000 to install open draining sills and rain gardens, creating a “mini-amphitheatre” for shows and picnics – a place to sit and observe the water features.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “London is already an incredible place to live, but by making the most of our small forgotten outdoor spaces and providing trees, greenery and meeting places the fantastic quality of life here can still be improved upon. Through these mini transformations we can make London an even better place to live in, to work in and to invest in.”

All 100 ‘pocket parks’ are due to be delivered by March 2015. A further funding round for community based projects will open in May.

Other pocket parks among the 27 funded in the £834,500 first round are in Brent and Ealing.

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