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Community groups receive backing to support Crystal Palace Park

PUBLISHED: 11:46 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 04 December 2015

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Six voluntary and community groups have been given the grant

Voluntary and community groups received a boost this week after they were given community grants of more than £36,000.

The funding will be split between six voluntary and community groups to establish six projects or initiatives which will increase usage of Crystal Palace Park and benefit the wider community.

Resulting from the successful grants,a new community wildlife space will be developed, meaning a new area of the park will be open to the public.

Bromley Council leader, Stephen Carr said: “We are pleased to have been able to make these awards which we hope will encourage other groups to come forward with their ideas.

“We are making incremental improvements in the park, for example with work currently underway to protect the world famous dinosaurs.”

“The whole purpose of these community grants is to encourage better use of Crystal Palace Park and enhance the park user experience. We want to inspire people to get more involved.”

The community groups were awarded the grants after making a successful application to the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund to deliver a specific project or activity there.

The six organisations receiving grant funding are:

Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs - The Friends will make a film, about the Dinosaur renovation work capturing the activity and reaction to it and produce digital packages which will contribute towards the long term strategy for promotion of conservation in the park.

Silverfit – Sports and social activities for older people. This funding will mean older people take part in weekly Nordic Walking activities in the park increasing health and fitness and reducing isolation.

Capel Manor College –will create a ‘Community Wildlife Space’ which is also an outdoor classroom. It will attract local wildlife and provide opportunities for local people to explore the nature found on our door step. This project will also open up a new area of the park to the public.

Crystal Palace Fun Runners/Sports Partnership – The group will review old trail markings and posts, minimise clutter and deliver a clear strategy for jogging in the park by providing marked adult and junior running trails.

Croydon Bee keepers Association – ‘Pollinators in the Park’. The Croydon Beekeepers are going to undertake a survey of bee friendly plants, cultivate a piece of currently unused land, using plants most beneficial to bees.

Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) - This grant will fund monthly physical activity sessions for local visually impaired children and young people to help build their confidence and then progress into using other opportunities in their local communities.

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