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Crystal Palace Park projects secure backing

PUBLISHED: 14:41 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:52 11 May 2016

A range of organisations have secured funding for projects in Crystal Palace Park

A range of organisations have secured funding for projects in Crystal Palace Park

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Funding has been provided for projects and activities in the park

Bromley Council has awarded grants to voluntary and community groups to help them run projects and activities in Crystal Palace Park

London Wildlife Trust has been awarded £7,200 to help it deliver the Great North Wood project, which is encouraging people to discover the capital’s overlooked natural landscape.

Great North Wood project development officer Sam Bentley-Toon said: “There are plans for species ID walks, including butterfly walks, and family events, such as a bug day.

“We will be doing Great North Wood-themed story-telling sessions for adults with learning difficulties in Norwood Leisure Centre, focusing on Crystal Palace Park and its links with the wood.”

Communities First Foundation has been awarded £1,800 towards its Get Active Bromley campaign, which provides sporting opportunities for young people.

Youth engagement manager Joseph Maye said “We have started ball to ball basketball sessions - a new format that is played on a half court.”

The game involves two teams of two people competing against each other, with roll-on, roll-off substitutes.

Its basic yet fun format means it is a great way of introducing the sport to newcomers.

“We have engaged 23,000 people across London and we deliver sessions during half terms. Crystal Palace is a big arena with a massive profile in the basketball world,” Mr Maye added.

Paxton Green Timebank has been awarded £4,000, which will help to provide opportunities for young people to get involved in the project, as well as intergenerational volunteering.

The time bank works by people ‘depositing’ time by giving practical help and support to others and ‘withdrawing’ time when they need something doing themselves.

Janice Winston, a broker at the time bank, said: “If anyone needs support, we match them up with another member and they can exchange their time.”

The project helps people who may be isolated to meet other people, and the organisation runs day trips to places like Kew Gardens and the Globe Theatre.

“It really works, and there are a lot of people who have had problems such as depression and snapped out of it,” she added.

Other recipients of funding include Crystal Palace Festival Group, a community stakeholder group and Friends of Crystal Palace Subway.

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