2012 is set to be a year of major delivery for Community Spaces, with scores more projects due to be approved or completed.
From small-scale playgrounds and community gardens to large schemes incorporating major public artworks, Community Spaces is continuing to make a difference across England.
Milestones this year will include the launches of more Flagship projects, each supported by grants of up to £450,000.
At the Elwell Woods Project in Saltash, Cornwell, work is about to start on woodland paths, tree thinning and accessibility. The creation of a pocket park will get under way in April and the crowning glory – a 20-metre Celtic Cross – is scheduled to be installed in July.
The cross will stand adjacent to the slip road on to the Tamar Bridge. The modern design, by Cornish sculptor Simon Thomas, was selected by the public from 84 entries in a Millennium competition. Its location at the Gateway to Cornwall means it will be seen by least a million car visitors a year as they enter the county.
The Cross incorporates traditional Cornish materials such as granite, copper and stone walling as well as composite carbon and glassfibre boatbuilding technology.
This 21st century technology sits alongside the 20th century technology of the Tamar Bridge, with its revolutionary suspended decks, and Brunel's world famous masterpiece of 19th century technology, the Royal Albert Rail Bridge.
Further along the south coast, Paignton Geoplay Park is also nearing completion. The play area occupies a key site on the sea front and features an exciting range of play equipment themed to link with the English Riviera Geopark.
The main launch event for the project is scheduled to take place in June to coincide with European Geopark Week.
A fly-through video of the project can be seen here.
In the Midlands, Dudley Canal Trust is putting the finishing touches to its major project to restore and enhance the Dudley No 2 Canal.
Distinctive iron artworks were installed last year and work was carried out to improve towpaths in the area and enhance access on to the canal.
Physical works were all completed by contractors just before Christmas and the remaining works with volunteers finished in the following weeks. A final launch event is planned for February.
Further north, the Heeley Development Trust in Sheffield has just launched a BMX trail in the Heeley Millennium Park. Later this year, the trust will be installing new climbing boulders, a multi use games area, an art trail and further shrub and herbaceous planting.
Still in the north, the Friends of Tees Heritage Park are on track to launch their project at the end of March.
The Trust is working to transform the look of the Tees Heritage Park in Stockton. Five “Gateway” features into the park will be provided, each with its own identity. Artists have been working with local schools and communities to produce landmark sculptures and gateways. Footpath links will be improved or provided to link with the gateways and new rest area features.