Crystal Palace community groups get cash for the park

Published Friday, 4 December 2015

Six local voluntary and community groups have been awarded community grants following successful applications to the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund to deliver a specific project or activity in Crystal Palace Park.

The successful groups will receive more than £36,000 of funding between them to establish six projects or initiatives which will increase usage of the park and benefit the wider community.

As a direct result of the successful grants awards, a new Community Wildlife Space will be developed, opening up a new area of the park to the public, more planting will take place, better jogging trails will be established and clutter removed, and a number of physical activities will take place. These initiatives will benefit a diverse range of people, including visually impaired young people, and also older people taking part in Nordic walking activity groups. These developments are the result of groups coming forwards with proposals for funding. 

“We are pleased to have been able to make these awards which we hope will encourage other groups to come forward with their ideas. We are making incremental improvements in the park, for example with work currently underway to protect the world famous dinosaurs. The whole purpose of these community grants is to encourage better use of Crystal Palace Park and enhance the park user experience. We want to inspire people to get more involved. I am delighted this is happening and look forward to making more successful awards in the future and watching these exciting projects develop” said Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council. 

The six organisations receiving grant funding are: 

  • Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs - The Friends will make a film, ‘Dinosaurs in the Limelight’, about the Dinosaur renovation work capturing the activity and reaction to it and produce digital packages which will contribute towards the long term strategy for promotion of conservation in the park. 
  • Silverfit – Sports and social activities for older people. This funding will mean older people take part in weekly Nordic Walking activities in the park increasing health and fitness and reducing isolation. Other activities will take place at the NSC who are subsidising use of the centre for this group.
  • Capel Manor College –will create a ‘Community Wildlife Space’ which is also an outdoor classroom. It will attract local wildlife and provide opportunities for local people to explore the nature found on our door step. This project will also open up a new area of the park to the public.
  • Crystal Palace Fun Runners/Sports Partnership – The group will review old trail markings and posts, minimise clutter and deliver a clear strategy for jogging in the park by providing marked adult and junior running trails.
  • Croydon Bee keepers Association – ‘Pollinators in the Park’. The Croydon Beekeepers are going to undertake a survey of bee friendly plants, cultivate a piece of currently unused land, using plants most beneficial to bees.
  • Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) - This grant will fund monthly physical activity sessions for local visually impaired children and young people to help build their confidence and then progress into using other opportunities in their local communities. 

The news follows the announcement of a £240,000 community fund for the park as part of a £2.4 million improvement programme earlier this year. The deadline for the third round of grant funding applications is January 22 2016 and round four ends on Friday 8 April 2016.


  • Editor’s notes The Mayor of London is funding £2m improvements to Crystal Palace park, including renovating the dinosaurs, conserving the sphinxes, building a new café, removing some old turnstiles and building a new skatepark. Bromley Council is contributing £400k.
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