Community Green Spaces grant scheme to reopen across England during the Summer of 2024 with a £7 million grant pot

Community orchards, kitchen gardens, and natural play areas are set to spring up across rural England thanks to a new government fund to be introduced during the summer of 2024.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is working with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to scope the Community Green Spaces Fund with applications expected to open in early summer.

The new Fund will provide up to £7 million of funding to support communities across the country – from Northumberland to Cornwall – to create, restore and enhance their green spaces.  

Grants of up to £75,000 will be provided to help communities to plant fruits, vegetables and trees, creating orchards and kitchen gardens for all to access and enjoy. Landscaping projects could also create raised beds and improve areas to plant different flowers around village hall facilities and other community green spaces, making space for pollinators and nature to thrive.

 Funding will also be awarded to support the expansion of natural play facilities which encourage children to spend more time outdoors, in addition to projects which focus on improving access to green spaces such as new paths and seating. To make the spaces more accessible to disabled people, funding will also be available for the creation of disabled parking spaces. 

The full press release is available on the GOV.UK website.