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Friends of Fenham Pocket Park celebrate additional funding success

The group ‘Friends of Fenham Pocket Park’ have been successful in their application for funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

As part of the Pocket Parks Plus programme, a grant of £12,500 will be issued to Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council which will support an extension to the existing Fenham Pocket Park.

Fenham Pocket Park is a collaborative and community-based project involving Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape researchers Armelle Tardiveau and Daniel Mallo, who started the project thanks to an ESRC Impact Acceleration grant. A co-production process led the Friends of Fenham Pocket Park group, with the support of Newcastle University and the transport charity Sustrans, as well as an initial £15,000 grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), to create a green space within an under-used part of the city where members of the community are now able to relax, exercise, socialise and play. 

Fenham Pocket Park opened in May 2016 and its subsequent outstanding success in community engagement and urban transformation led to the application for the Pocket Parks Plus programme in January 2019, in order to extend the pocket park scheme and thereby further its impact within the local area. This application has now been successful, and the grant will allow work to begin on the design and co-construction of the extension within this now well-established community hub, supported by the participatory practice and research of Armelle and Daniel. 

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published on: 26 March 2019