Restoring a historic landscape through the Heritage Lottery Fund

The 70-hectare Ampthill Great Park is an English Heritage Grade II registered park and garden of special historical interest.

In its rich history, it has been a medieval deer park, Henry VIII hunting grounds, royal estate, 18th century Capability Brown designed landscape and 20th century wartime training and prisoner of war camp. It’s now the largest expanse of acid grassland in Bedfordshire, providing recreational use and a valuable range of habitats.

We were commissioned by Ampthill Town Council to provide evidence for the second-stage Heritage Lottery Fund bid for its restoration. We produced a conservation management plan and a 10-year management and maintenance plan to support the masterplan, identifying opportunities, issues and the demand for new features and facilities. Operating within tight budgets, we carried out detailed site surveys and designed restoration plans.

By working closely with the council and stakeholders and consulting with the community we gained support for the proposals and eased the burden on our client, and our work with funding bodies secured monies for the implementation stage.

We’ve now been commissioned for the implementation works and administering the contract on site.

For landscape restoration, management and planning advice, please contact Adrian Wikeley or John Adams