A CASH bonanza of £89m to revitalise the nation's green spaces has been welcomed in Huddersfield.
Councils in Yorkshire are being encouraged to bid for a share of the Government money to fund imaginative facelifts for their public spaces.
"We want to sponsor innovative projects to reclaim our parks and community spaces for everyone to enjoy," said regeneration minister Yvette Cooper yesterday.
The deadline for applications from local authorities will be on August 22.
The successful programmes will be chosen in the autumn.
The money will be shared out between three councils in 27 regions early next year.
It is part of a larger £201m package to help improve community environments.
Paddock's Liberal Democrat councillor Linda Wild cited the example of Greenhead Park to illustrate how important England's green spaces are.
She said: "You have just got to look at the way it has been used over the past month.
"It's just marvellous. It gives people freedom when they are enclosed in where they live.
"Many people who use the park live in back-to-back houses where there's no garden at all."
She added: "You can see the importance of these parks and why the Government is going down this route."