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Brighton Journal | September 16, 2019

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£5.1 million restoration project for Stanmer Park is underway

£5.1 million restoration project for Stanmer Park is underway
Hannah Midgley

In January 2017, the council was awarded £3.8 million towards to cost of restoring the historic walled garden in Stanmer Park. The site set-up has now begun, and work will begin on the 24th of June. 

The restoration area covers 20 hectares of the 485-hectare park and will focus on the history of the park. The vision of the project is: “To ensure this important 18th century designed landscape is conserved and restored, and will be available and meaningful to future generations of residents, businesses and visitors. Our landscape vision also aims to balance the competing demands on the estate.”

The restoration project is expected to take about two years to complete and will include:

  • Restoration of the Walled Garden and surrounding areas
  • Extending horticultural learning, training and volunteering opportunities
  • A new welcome and information centre at the Lower Lodges with refreshments, public toilets and bike hire
  • Restoration of  the 18th-century landscape and historical features including the Grade II Frankland Monument
  • An additional car park and new shared pedestrian/cycle path
  • Improved access to the park
  • Planting over 250 new trees
  • Creating a 10-year management vision for the park including an estate-wide Woodland Management Plan
  • A dedicated onsite team to deliver the 10-year vision.

Buxton Building Contractors Limited has been appointed as the main contractor for the project. They have extensive knowledge and experience of historic landscape restoration work.

Councillor Anne Pissaridou, who is Chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee has said:

“We are delighted to be witnessing the start of this exciting new chapter in Stanmer Park’s fascinating history. The community has been involved with Stanmer for many years and this project will build on their valuable work to protect and celebrate this precious green space asset, while hundreds of new education, volunteering and learning opportunities and activities will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the park for generations to come.”

Pauline Warnes who is the  Business Development Director of Buxton Building Contractors added:

“We are delighted to be working with Brighton & Hove City Council on the enhancement of this prestigious historic park and ancillary buildings. The planned improvements will restore and transform this community space for the benefit of many user groups locally and for those visitors who come from further afield.”

Featured image: Olga Kulhava

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