Carlisle is to receive a share of £9 million from the Conservative Government through the Levelling Up Parks Fund to restore existing green spaces and create new parks across Carlisle – helping residents to better enjoy outdoor spaces in our community.
Carlisle is one of 19 areas across the North West to receive funding, which will help to upgrade green spaces across England. People in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will also benefit from funding allocated to the devolved administrations.
The funding will ensure that people from all backgrounds have access to nature while supporting tree planting within public spaces in our urban communities.
The Fund – which will be distributed across the UK – is designed to help residents to better enjoy green spaces in their communities, which provide a natural sanctuary from the bustling streets of towns and cities.
In England, the funding will be given to councils and local authorities for parks, formal greens, and community gardens and can be used to build new spaces or revamp existing areas.
A total of 85 areas will receive a share of the £9 million funding.
Commenting, John Stevenson said:
“Parks and green spaces in Carlisle provide a peaceful space for people to relax, exercise, and socialise, but some of these spaces are in need of development.
“Therefore, I am delighted that Carlisle has been awarded a share of the £9 million Levelling Up Parks Fund to improve our local green spaces.
“Thanks to this investment from the Conservative Government, people of all ages will be able to better enjoy the parks and public spaces in our area, while restoring pride in our community.”
Commenting, Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark said:
“Parks and green spaces are at the heart of our communities, providing sanctuary from the bustling streets of our towns and cities and spaces for people to relax and come together.
“Over the past few years, the importance of spending time with loved ones and getting outdoors has become even more apparent, and this latest government funding will help people living in urban areas do just that.
“I look forward to seeing the new parks come to life and making a real difference to people’s daily lives for years to come.”