Fund boost seeks to restore green space

Natural England has announced a £3.6 million investment in 15 green spaces in local communities.

The new projects are designed to encourage people to improve woodlands, ponds, canals or inner city green space and are part of the Access to Nature grant run by Natural England and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The schemes include improving canals in east Manchester and green spaces in Hartlepool. "Access to Nature is built on the idea of helping local communities make their own choices about how they use and benefit from their local environment," Natural England chief executive Helen Phillips maintained.

"A growing list of programmes have enabled people to make better use of the environment on their doorstep and benefited wildlife in the process," she added.

DEFRA parliamentary under-secretary for natural environment and fisheries Richard Benyon said: "These projects will improve green spaces and allow us to create a natural environment that everyone can enjoy."

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