The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund have announced a total of more than £33m of grants for improvements and restoration work to 13 public parks in the UK, including two projects that we are proud to be working on.
£4m has been granted to rejuvenate the grade II-listed Stanmer Park in Brighton, restoring historic features and improving visitor facilities. LUC completed a feasibility study in 2013 and put together a successful HLF Stage I bid which led to Stage II. Our proposals at Stanmer will include improved visitor infrastructure, the restoration of designed parkland, new pedestrian circulation routes and rejuvenation of the historic walled garden.
Beckenham Place Park in South London will be receiving just under £5m for restoration works. LUC has led the regeneration process that involves restoring an 18th century serpentine lake and transforming the burnt-out former stable block into a café and education centre for the park. A 5km, figure of 8, accessible route will enable a variety of visitors to explore the ancient woodland and other ecological assets. A reinvented pleasure ground and adventure playground are also important features of the scheme.
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