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Levelling Up Parks funding for Greenwich

Royal Borough of Greenwich Council have announced that they are to use the Levelling Up Parks funding they have received, to improve Plumstead Gardens.

This comes after the public were urged to have their say on how the funding should be utilised, and where it should be focused, with Plumstead Gardens emerging as the most popular option.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have also helped with the identification of areas within the borough that are most in need of funding, with the £9 million Levelling Up Parks Fund coming from them. It aims to create new, or significantly refurbished parks and green spaces that are free and accessible.

Improvements that are planned for Plumstead Gardens include;

  • The planting of a new community orchard, with 40 fruit trees
  • The refurbishment of the York stone pathway, making the park and playground more accessible
  • The renovation of the entrance wall and paths
  • The addition of an outdoor gym
  • The renewal of markings on the existing ball courts
  • Wildflower seeds being sewn and bird boxes being installed
  • The installation of picnic benches

The council’s Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities, Cllr Adel Khaireh, said:

“We asked residents to have their say on where this funding was needed most and Plumstead Gardens was the resounding winner. Our long-term aim is to achieve Green Flag statues for the park and create a vibrant community space for all local residents to enjoy.

“We know that our parks and open spaces support healthier lifestyles for our residents, boosting both mental and physical wellbeing, as well as strengthening social cohesion. We plan to improve the existing facilities of the park, including the ball court, paths, adding picnic benches and a new outdoor gym.

“The addition of a community orchard, bird boxes and sewing wildflowers seeds will increase biodiversity. We can’t wait to get started on these improvements and I’d like to thank the Friends of Plumstead Gardens or their support with this project.”

You can read more from Cllr Khaireh, in the October/November edition of our PSE Magazine.

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