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Bette Midler has told Britain’s Hello! magazine about her pride for her charity, the New York Restoration Project.

“I’m… very proud of the New York Restoration Project,” she says. "I’m very proud of the fact I’ve saved 55 community gardens and I’m on my way to saving many, many more.

“I’ve built parks and provided children with environmental education. And I’m proud of the fact I’ve received recognition for it.

“You receive all of these awards but you’re never really sure if it was political or if you really earned it. But this I know I earned because I’m at the forefront of this organization and this particular parks and gardens movement is in my town, New York.”

Midler founded the NYRP in 1995, "based on the belief that clean, green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life, and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty.

“Seeing many parks and open spaces in dire need of clean-up and restoration, Midler created NYRP to be the ‘conservancy of forgotten places,’ particularly in New York City’s underserved communities.”

Find out more about the organization here.

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