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Cash will breath life into park

A park is set to get a new lease of life thanks to a big cash boost.

The Friends of Barclay Park, in Hoddesdon, have been awarded £75,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out conservation work at the site.

The group plans to bring the park’s lake back to life and create and restore habitats at the park to help conserve rare species.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “HLF is delighted to be able to support the Friends of Barclay Park, who have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.

“Through restoring the lake and bank environments, the group will ensure that this much-loved park is conserved for people from across the community to enjoy.”

The Friends of Barclay Park, who also run a learning programme for young people in the area, are planning to use some of the money to create information displays at the park, detailing its history.

The group was set up last year with the help of park manager Pam Hallesy after the need for the restoration work was recognised.

The friends are made up of volunteers, who meet once a month to do clearance and planting work at the site and plan for fundraising.

A spokesperson for the Borough of Broxbourne Council said: “The park has significant green spaces and is an important facility for both people and wildlife.

“Barclay Park is a community park and is used extensively by residents who may not have access to private gardens. Socially the park is a meeting place for all ages in an environment which is aesthetically pleasing and removed from the increasing urban character of the surrounding area.”


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