Funding news

Charity receives over £400k to train 200 volunteers - 14 February 2013

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £416,450 to the charity GreenSpace to help it train volunteers who will work to conserve parks in England.

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced today that the park conservation charity will train a minimum of 200 volunteers at 27 training events in each of England’s nine regions as part of its Love Parks project.

Research by GreenSpace found that there had been cuts of between 30 and 40 per cent in spending on parks in some areas. The training will cover working with local managing authorities and the challenges facing open spaces, such as declining standards and loss of facilities because of public spending cuts. Training will also be provided in marketing and promotion.

The funding announcement marks the start of the charity’s Love Parks Week campaign, set up to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and improving open spaces. Love Parks Week runs from 27 July to 4 August. GreenSpace was awarded the funding after making a solicited bid to the BIG.