Blackpool pond trail to receive Lotto boost

Conservation team at Blackpool North pond trail.
Conservation team at Blackpool North pond trail.
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A Blackpool nature trail is set to receive part of a cash injection of £900k through a National Lottery funded project.

North Blackpool Pond Trail will receive a cash injection to both preserve and promote the local park history to ensure that the park can be enjoyed by local communities for many more years to come.

Anne Heathcote, project officer for Fresh Water Habitats Trust.

Anne Heathcote, project officer for Fresh Water Habitats Trust.

The funds are through the National Lottery ‘Future Proof Parks’ project.

It aims to inspire young people’s involvement with local parks and support friends of groups to engage and work with them so they can share ideas and combine talents.

The three-year programme has been awarded funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust programme, which aims to enable more young people to be involved in the UK’s heritage.

The project is led by Groundwork, alongside Fields in Trust and National Youth Agency.

The programme has received the support of Parks and Greenspace Minister, Rishi Sunak.

He said: “Parks play a valuable role in our communities, providing vibrant locations for people to socialise, exercise and relax.

“It’s inspiring to see the dedication of the many Friends of Parks groups up and down the country who make huge contributions to their local green spaces.”

Pauline Taylor, who is a volunteer for the Friends of Blackpool North Pond Trail can’t wait to be involved in the project.

She said: “It is very exciting to be part of the project of working with young people and the volunteers of our friends group.”