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Cornwall gets a new 'pocket park' to help mental health

Cornwall gets a new 'pocket park' to help mental health

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:12pm 3rd March 2020. (Updated at 8:27am 4th March 2020)

Dozens of community groups are receiving funding to transform neglected urban spaces into thriving green spaces, including in Cornwall.

£1.35 million pounds' worth of government funding will help to create 68 'pocket parks' to help mental health.
 
There are seven winners in the south west, including the Duchy's Chacewater Projects and Chacewater Parish Parks Group.

The Whitleigh Community Trust and Friends of Efford Marsh, both based in Plymouth, have been awarded cash too.

Officials say these new parks will increase biodiversity, provide children's play areas and outdoor fitness facilities for residents, encourage community integration and tackle loneliness.

What do we know about the Chacewater Projects?

The Chacewater Projects and Chacewater Parish Parks Group in Cornwall will receive more than £15,000 to develop brand new community allotments, encouraging local residents to socialise, exercise and reap the rewards of being outdoors. 

The Community Garden will be a vibrant and safe space, offering support for elderly residents and people with physical or mental disabilities as well as young families and teenagers experiencing isolation or loneliness. 

The allotments will be a new hub for the community and instill a sense of pride in the neighbourhood.

"Pocket parks are used for everything from exercise and gardening to socialising and relaxing. They have huge benefits for our mental and physical health and allow us to take a moment out of our busy lives to connect with nature.
 
"We are determined to protect our nation's parks for future generations to enjoy, and on World Wildlife Day, I am delighted to announce the recipients of the extra £1.35m for the Pocket Parks fund - adding 68 new parks, which will take the total we've backed to 352.
 
"Creating more pocket parks is part of this Government's ambition to ensure that communities have a real sense of identity and place, and that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy green spaces in their local area."

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Pocket Parks range approximately from the size of one tennis court to the size of sixteen: between 0.02 to 0.32 hectares. 

Officials say that they inject green space into our towns and cities and provide opportunities for the whole community to benefit from spending time in nature.

"This is great news for people and for the environment, creating more parks and green spaces at the heart of communities.
 
"We look forward to seeing many of these sites achieve the Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award in the years to come."

Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Chief Executive of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy

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