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Weymouth Town Council awarded £1 million grant for Radipole Park and Gardens

Weymouth Town Council, in partnership with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £1,013,400 (70% of total project cost of £1,441,401) for the Radipole Park and Gardens Project.

This funding has been awarded jointly by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and will enable significant improvements to be made to Radipole Park and Gardens.

Some of the major developments include the installation of a new heritage café, toilets, sensory garden, and drainage system to alleviate the waterlogging issues on the playing field. The capital works will also involve upgrading the sports facilities, path networks, and play equipment, including the reintroduction of water play.

The project aims to encourage more people to use the facilities and reconnect with wildlife and nature through an exciting and engaging activity programme. There will also be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved through a variety of different volunteer and training placements.

Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, said:

“It’s fantastic news that we have been successful in our second stage National Lottery bid for Radipole Park and Gardens. In total, this will see just over £1.4 million invested into the park and gardens over the next three years. Well done to everyone involved in this wonderful success for the Council and the local community.”

Mike Goulden, Chair of the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, said:

“The Friends are delighted that they have been successful in the National Lottery bid, creating exciting improvements to the park and gardens for the benefit of all generations.”

“Huge thanks to all the Friends past and future: and to all the people of Weymouth that have braved our programme of events come rain or shine. All boosted by the loyal support of many local groups and businesses in time and donations.”

“Special thanks must go to the Lottery Bid Project Team of Sue Hogben, Rosie Osborne and Crystal Johnson.”

National Lottery and public parks

Since 1996, more than £950 million raised by National Lottery players has been used to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries across the UK. Find out more about how to apply at www.heritagefund.org.uk

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

About the National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we are proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We are privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

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