Plans to bring a ‘Pocket Park’ to Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:29 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 23 February 2016

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

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The green oases will be created on Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s outside space.

Honiton-based Thelma Hulbery Gallery’s (THG) outside space has been successfully designated as a ‘Pocket Park’ - just one of 87 created nationally by the government.

These Pocket Parks mean that more than 80 urban spaces across the country will be transformed into green oases for everyone to use.

This is to share of a £1.5million dedicated fund, announced last week by Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

Pocket parks are defined for this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, although many are only the size of a tennis court.

The news has been hailed by Angela Blackwell, THG’s curator. She said: “We are so proud to be one of the 87 designated Pocket Parks.

“This means that THG can expand its thriving Learning Programme into the outside space.

“We are collaborating with East Devon District Council’s countryside team and Honiton’s Children’s Centre to deliver a fun-packed programme of family workshops this spring to take place in the Pocket Park.”

The inauguration of the Pocket Park will take place on Friday, May 13, from 5pm to 9pm.

A programme of activities, music and refreshments will be on offer, coordinating with the national Museums At Night festival.

East Devon District Council’s culture champion, Councillor John O’Leary, said: “This all helps Thelma Hulbert Gallery to achieve their aim of creating a pocket park in the town centre, thriving with wildlife, fruit trees and local wild flowers to engage the whole community.”

Marcus Jones, communities minister, added: “Parks are gateways to the great outdoors providing direct contact with nature.

“This funding will allow neglected areas to be transformed into vital community assets for our towns and cities across the country.

“The successful community groups awarded funding all came up with incredibly inventive ideas to improve the quality of local life and we cannot wait to see the end results.”

Anyone interested donating towards the project - which will be put towards planting, seating, activities and workshops - should email Emma Molony on emolony@eastdevon.gov.uk


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