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The future of Cambridgeshire’s and Peterborough’s parks and nature reserves is looking much brighter after the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough local authorities, and Natural Cambridgeshire – the Local Nature Partnership was chosen as one of only ten projects, nationally, to successfully receive funding from a prestigious multi-million pound initiative.

The project will receive £700,000 from the ground breaking Future Parks scheme by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Trust.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough project was chosen from more than 80 other projects submitted by councils and communities across the UK to receive a share of more than £6m of funding and £5m worth of advice and support from some of the country’s leading experts in conservation, fundraising, volunteering and green space management.

Cambridgeshire County Council is the lead partner in collaboration with Cambridge City Council, Peterborough City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council as well as local charities, developers and businesses including Natural Cambridgeshire, Nene Park Trust, the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, the National Trust, RSPB, Urban & Civic, and O&H Hampton.

The aim is to secure the future of the county’s green spaces so that they can continue to play a vital part of the community, a place for wildlife to thrive and for people to meet and play by identifying sustainable sources of investment, building community ownership and providing skills and training.

Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that Cambridgeshire County Council’s partnership has been chosen as one of only ten projects to receive funding from Future Parks.  “It is vital that we are able to sustain our green spaces and this money will go a long way to maintaining and developing attractive parks as places that people will want to come and visit, play and relax in.”

For more information, visit http://www.futureparks.org/

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