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Restoring urban space through gardening: UK

  • Subject: [cg] Restoring urban space through gardening: UK
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 13:09:18 -0800 (PST)

iccoventry, Coventry, UK

(forwarder's note: Good example from the UK)

#25,000 grant for an urban oasis

Dec 29 2004

A community group has been awarded #25,000 to help
transform a neglected area of grassland in Coventry
into a pleasant open space for the whole
neighbourhood.


The Friends of Cramper's Field received the cash from
the government's Living Spaces Programme.


It will go towards the total #40,000 cost of a project
to improve the semi-circular green space in Moseley
Avenue, Radford, which had become a focus for
antisocial behaviour.


Work is already under way to enhance existing pathways
and entrances and provide plants and trees and litter
and dog bins.


The Rev Laurence Janicker, spokesman for the Friends
of Cramper's Field, said: "We are delighted that
people have taken an interest in us as an urban
priority area. It has been a long-term project and the
money will really have a positive impact on the local
area and community."


The group showcased designs for the project - devised
by Groundwork Coventry - in June this year, with
support from ward councillors, and members of the
public voted for their favourite ideas.


The #40,000 project also received funding from the
Operation Gate It scheme and the European Regional
Development Fund.


Cllr Tony Skipper (Lab, Radford) said: "I congratulate
the staff at Groundwork on their work as this project
is a much-needed improvement to the area. It really
will make a big, big difference."


The government cash is part of more than #3.8million
awarded to community groups to help people across the
UK improve their local environment.


Others to benefit include Nuneaton and Bedworth
Jubilee BMX Skate Park - awarded #6,900 for the park
management committee - and Elizabeth Park, off
Elizabeth Road, Leamington, which received #24,577 for
garden improvements.


Phil Hope, of Living Spaces, said: "Living Spaces is
all about giving people more power to improve their
quality of life. It has enabled people to take control
of their surroundings and improve their local
environment to create cleaner, safer, greener neighbourhoods."


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