Cherilyn Mackrory MP welcomes Pocket Park funding for Chacewater

Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed confirmation today that Chacewater Projects and Chacewater Parish Parks Group is one of the groups from funding to transform neglected spaces into thriving green havens for the whole community to use.

Announced on World Wildlife Day, the £1.35 million funding will help community groups to create 19 brand new parks and refurbish 49 currently unused and unloved plots of land, breathing new, green life into our towns and cities and increasing biodiversity across England.

Chacewater Projects and Chacewater Parish Parks Group are receiving 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 instil a sense of pride in the neighbourhood.

Cherilyn said:

“Parks and green spaces make a valuable contribution to local communities, improving including benefits to health and wellbeing; social cohesion; local economies and the environment.”

“The Government is committed to supporting communities to protect and develop their parks and green spaces, alongside other important community assets and I am delighted to see this realised in Chacewater with funding for these community gardens and allotments.”

“I look forward to going along to Chacewater in the future to see this funding drawn down and this community centred vision grow into something everyone will be proud of.”

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

“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 £1.35 million 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.”