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Barnet parks to benefit from additional funding boost

Barnet Council is one of six London boroughs to win grant funding for green spaces in the Mayor of London’s new Green Capital grant.

Barnet Council has been awarded £324,000 to help renovate Silkstream Valley parks, Silkstream Park and Montrose Playing Fields. The development of these green spaces will include two new playgrounds, new facilities for sports such as basketball, parkour and tennis, a café, events spaces and more.

In a separate development, Barnet Council was also awarded funding of nearly £80,000 from the Environment Agency Water Environment Improvement Fund to go towards the river restoration element of the Silk Stream & Montrose Parks project.

As well as providing new facilities, the improvements will also supplement the environment. The developments will reduce risk of flood from River Brent by naturalising the river banks, along with tree planting and wildlife habitats, all of which will also encourage increased biodiversity.

The bids for both sets of funding were developed and submitted by landscape architect, Jon Sheaff, on behalf of Regional Enterprise Ltd, Barnet Council's joint venture with Capita.

Chairman of the Environment Committee, Councillor Dean Cohen, said: “We’re thrilled to be chosen as one of the six boroughs to receive a share of this grant. 

“We’re excited to use this opportunity to do our part in the wider scheme of improving London’s environment, as well as giving Barnet’s residents and visitors more facilities to enjoy.”

“We’re also delighted to have received separate, additional funding from the Environment Agency – funding that will play a huge part in helping to renovate two of our parks."

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