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We are delighted to announce that Nene Park Trust has been awarded development funding of £185,000* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, for a seven year project entitled Nene Park: Peterborough’s Community Greenspace

Nene Park is the first park in the country to receive substantial funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund under its new Strategic Funding Framework. This is a testament to the important role the Park plays at the heart of the Peterborough community.

The project has three key objectives:

  • Working with local communities to help conserve the natural heritage of Nene Park
  • Engaging with the multi-cultural population of Peterborough to make Ferry Meadows more reflective of the communities it serves.
  • Improving physical and mental health and wellbeing through connecting people with nature and the outdoors.

Made possible by National Lottery players, this grant will enable the Trust to increase its volunteering offer, in particular corporate volunteering, and will also expand its events and activities programme to engage with the culture of modern Peterborough. There will also be a suite of capital improvement work in the Park to boost capacity and replace aging parts of Park infrastructure, including replacement of the strategically important Pontoon Bridge and improvements to ‘Centre Point’, the most important gateway to the park and welcome area. The volunteer workspace will be extended and the former ice cream kiosk at Lynch Lake will be converted into a much-needed community hub. The funding will also provide money to pilot sustainable transport initiatives and recruit more park apprentices; a truly transformative project for Nene Park.

Matthew Bradbury, CEO of the Trust, explains that the funding will be a “game changer” for Nene Park as “it will enable well used infrastructure installed 40 years ago - when the park was created - to be replaced and renewed and otherwise, difficult to deliver, community projects to be developed”. The team at Nene Park Trust are absolutely over the moon to be offered the funding, which will significantly benefit the local community and visitors to the area.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund committee in the Midlands & East, has approved the development funding for the project of £185,000 with a further stage 2 funding application to be submitted after 18 months.

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