HLF – Parks for People

Friends of MacRosty Park and the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People (2003-2016)

FOMP Committee worked with officers of the Environment Services of Perth & Kinross Council (now Community Greenspace) to work to resolve the issues raised and to formulate a long term regeneration plan for the park.  Potential costs were huge and beyond the reach of the local authority, and a collective decision was made to apply to Heritage Lottery Fund for Parks for People funding.

A consultant was appointed to prepare plans and reports relating to the parks regeneration and following in-depth public consultation, the first stage of the application was submitted to HLF in 2006.

The HLF programme was a two stage competitive application which required a great deal of effort and volunteer time.   The Friends assisted by carrying out surveys of park users, collecting letters of support from residents, local schools and community groups and researching the history of the park(s).

To assist the application, in July 2006, we held a Family Fun Day to celebrate the Centenary of the Bandstand.  The event was funded by Perth & Kinross Council and was very well attended; demonstrating the need, and local support for events in MacRosty Park.

In September 2007, we were informed by HLF that MacRosty Park had won through Stage 1 of the application process and was able to proceed with Stage 2.  This involved many more detailed plans and further consultations with potential users.  The Friends group assisted PKC with this and the Stage 2 Application was submitted in October 2008.

After an anxious wait until April 2009, we were overjoyed to hear that MacRosty Park had been awarded £1,160,000.00 towards the £1,850,000.00 required to carry out the works.

Perth & Kinross Council contributed £400,600.00 and additional funding was secured from other funding bodies namely –   The Gannochy Trust, The Souter Charitable Trust, Friends of MacRosty Park, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, SITA Tayside Biodiversity Fund, The Rotary Club of Crieff and the Ancaster Trust.

Many individuals have sponsored seats, trees and plants.

Find our more on our sponsorship page