Stanmer Estate Restoration

Stanmer Park Lottery bid

Good news! We have won £3.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' scheme to enable the restoration project to go ahead. We expect to start work in early 2018. Planning and development work is well underway.

Pictured (left to right) as the successful bid was announced in January 2017: Ian Rideout, Head of Faculty - Forestry, Horticulture and Foundation Learning, Plumpton College; Councillor Gill Mitchell, Deputy Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Chair of Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee; and Trevor Beattie, CEO, South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA.)

What is the restoration project all about?

The council's Parks Projects team is leading on developing a long-term master plan for Stanmer Park and Estate.

Stanmer Project imageThe overall aim is to restore and protect its historic buildings and 18th Century landscape, enhance its natural features, improve the environment, improve access, provide opportunities for involvement and education, ensure the estate is managed in a sustainable way that reflects the needs of park users and the wider community and make the whole park and estate accessible for all.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • restore the entrance and parkland to Stanmer House, and
  • restore the walled garden.

Download a map of Stanmer Park and Estate (PDF 5.5MB)

Find out more about Stanmer Park and Estate's history and heritage

 Stanmer Park

The project’s vision

We want to ensure that this important landscape is conserved and will be available and meaningful to future generations of residents, businesses and visitors. The landscape vision aims to balance the potentially competing demands on the Estate.

What are the key project milestones?

This is an example timescale showing how long a full Heritage Lottery Fund application and project development process is likely to take. It also indicates where we are at the moment in that process.

Date Stage Progress
August 2014 Stage 1 bid submission Completed
January 2015 Stage 1 bid decision Completed
August 2016 Stage 2 bid submission Completed
January 2017 Stage 2 bid decision Completed
February 2017 to end 2017 Preparation for construction phase In progress
2018-2019 Construction phase Not yet reached


Project development partners and stakeholders

A number of partners were involved throughout the masterplan proposal process and will continue to be closely involved.

These include the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), Plumpton Agricultural College, Stanmer Preservation Society, Stanmer Stakeholders Group and the city council’s Property and Design team.  

Getting involved

Interested in volunteering at the park in future? Contact us on, putting 'Stanmer Bulletin' in the subject line. We'll put your name on our project bulletin email list (first one expected to be in summer 2017.)

Heritage Lottery Fund logoFind out about existing volunteering at:

  • If you are interested in bidding for construction work, please note we expect to be advertising tenders at the end of 2017.

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