TWO more East Lancashire boroughs are to get £85,000 to spruce up their parks and green spaces.

Earlier this month it emerged that Hyndburn Council was to get the grant.

Now Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle have revealed they are also to get the money from the government's Levelling Up Parks Fund.

They among 19 North-West local authorities eligible for the money.

Martin Eden, Blackburn with Darwen Council's environment director, said: “We are pleased to receive a grant of £85,000 to invest in one of the borough’s parks.

"We are proud of our parks and this will be a chance to make some improvements for the benefit of our residents.

“The grant includes increasing access to our green spaces along with projects and tree planting. We will consider which park we think best meets the criteria and submit proposals to access the funding by the deadline of October 3.”

Cllr Nadeem Ahmed, leader of Pendle Council, said: “We very much welcome this news. It is nicely timed with our retention of seven Green Flag awards for Pendle's parks.

“We want to improve our parks and encourage more people to use them. We know they are important for people’s health and wellbeing.”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “Parks and green spaces in Pendle provide a peaceful space for people to relax, exercise, and socialise, but some are in need of a revamp.

“Therefore, I am delighted.

“Thanks to this investment, people of all ages will be able to better enjoy the parks and public spaces in our area while restoring pride in our community.”