Pocket parks are part of the Mayor’s London’s Great Outdoors - the programme to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. The Pocket Parks initiative aims to deliver 100 new or enhanced pocket parks.
Photo of Red Cross Garden, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Southwark
Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public space for all people to enjoy, providing relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. These spaces should have trees and greenery; they should be open to all; they should have places to sit and relax and for people to come together; and they should contribute to making the city friendlier, greener and more resilient.
Pocket Parks Funding
We now have 60 parks selected with offers of funding, but we need another 40! Information on our funded pocket park projects can be found here.
We have another round of funding opening in the New Year; this strand of funding encourages applications from constituted community groups, and awards grants of between £5,000 and £20,000. This strand is part of the Transform initiative, led by Groundwork London.
Applications will formally open on January 20th and close on March 10th. You may view our sample application form and guidance notes to help you prepare. If you have any questions about the Transform Pocket Parks programme please contact Hannah Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7239 1390 for all other queries relating to Pocket Parks, please contact email@example.com or call 0207 983 4472.
Please see these example documents to help you prepare your application. Please note the actual application forms will be available for download from January 20th.
As an alternative and innovative way of raising funds, or as a potential mechanism for raising match-funding for a Pocket Parks grant, upload your project to the London Pocket Parks page on the crowdfunding web-site Spacehive.
Heritage and Pocket Parks
If your project has heritage value, you may wish to contact the Heritage Lottery Fund about funding opportunities under their Sharing Heritage or Our Heritage grant programmes. For more information, please see website http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx or telephone 020 7591 6151.