Vote for a London Park Make-over

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Vote for a park that you think is in need of a make-over and if it wins, the park gets money for a serious spruce-up. Under a new scheme introduced by the Mayor of London, ten parks will get big money to " make them cleaner, safer, greener, and nicer places to visit." That means goodies such as new walkways, lighting, bike paths and beds. Interestingly, the beds are going to be used for growing fruits and vegetables--an idea that seems to be spreading.

Londoners are being invited to vote for their favourite park to win the award: a short-list of 47 parks has been created and the ten winners will get £400,000. In addition, one park, chosen by the Mayor himself, will be given a £2m improvement grant.


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It's called "Vote for a Park You Vote We Make over". The parks are spread across London and the range of improvements proposed is a wonderful wish-list. For example, Coram's Fields, near Great Ormond Street Hospital, is one of very few open spaces in central London dedicated solely to children. A grant could help to deliver: attractive flower beds and native shrubbery; a new wildlife garden; improved pets' corner; new play equipment and new bathrooms. Who could resist.

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On the other hand, King Edward's Park dates from the Edwardian era, but some of its important heritage features have fallen into decay. A grant would help to put these right and add some new things for the 21st century such as: restoring the formal gardens; improving signage, entrances and railings; restoring the drinking fountain;and a new wild flower meadow. Take your pick: you vote, they make over. Help a London Park

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