National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £250,000 to £5million
Forest Lane Park in Newham offers precious green space for the community and nature. The site is important for local biodiversity, with 50% of the area dedicated to supporting nature recovery. However, the park is in poor condition, and the natural heritage is at risk of being lost.
This project will restore much of the original landscape and make the park more accessible. It will create a sensory garden and growing space, restore the ponds and develop a management and maintenance plan.
Lucel Tate remembered
Central to the project is celebrating the pioneering work of local activist, Lucel Tate. Lucel worked in the maternity hospital in the 1970s, which was in the former Industrial School building within the park.
The project will reinstate her statue, which was recently removed, and will showcase her story.
Lucel was the first chair of the Hibiscus Caribbean Elderly Association and founder of the Hibiscus Community Centre. Her work focused on moving away from a 'one size fits all' approach to social care and housing, based on her understanding of the specific needs of Afro-Caribbean elders in her own community.
We have awarded a development grant of £86,541. Newham Council will apply for £990,682 delivery funding later.