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Victory for Mail On Sunday’s Save Our Parks campaign! Ministers to deliver £9m for 100 green spaces

Britain's parks in Birmingham, Liverpool, Carlisle and 16 London boroughs will benefit from the £9m funding increase.

Cash from the new Leveling Up Parks Fund will be given to local councils to significantly create or renovate parks in 85 neighborhoods that currently lack outdoor areas.

The government said it hopes these parks will increase access to green space for families who need it most, especially those without gardens.

Areas that will benefit include birminghamLiverpool, Carlisle and 16 London districts

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The new funding is a victory for the MoS campaign, launched in 2018. Our rallying cry to save green spaces from greedy developers garnered widespread support from politicians, celebrities, and hundreds of thousands of readers.

Britain’s parks in Birmingham, Liverpool, Carlisle and 16 London boroughs will benefit from the £9m funding increase.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Leveling Up, said: ‘The Mail on Sunday has championed our great British parks for years, and I’d like to thank readers for joining the call.

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‘Parks provide sanctuary within our towns and cities and places for people to gather. I want more and better parks as we level up across the country, which is why I have taken steps to invest in them.

“I hope that readers will embrace this action and enjoy the benefits for years to come.”

Some £2 million of the fund will be used to plant trees, making the air cleaner for people and wildlife.

Lord Goldsmith, Forestry Minister, said: “This will ensure that people of all backgrounds have access to nature within public green spaces in our urban communities, where tree cover is often the lowest.”

“It will help us meet our tree-planting ambitions, as well as make our towns and cities healthier, better insulated against a changing climate, and generally more pleasant places to be.”

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