Stanmer Park Restoration Project

Stanmer Park

  • Stanmer Woodland Management Plan:  We are inviting comments on this draft Plan, which will enable the council to look after the woodland in a planned way so that trees, plants and wildlife have the best environment in which to thrive. The consultation is open until 12 February 2018.

There will also be two half-day information sessions at Stanmer. To access the consultation and find details about the information sessions and other ways to view and comment, click here.




In January 2017 we heard we'd won £3.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' scheme.

Detailed planning and development work for the restoration project is already well underway, although we won't be starting construction work until the end of 2018.

Stanmer Park Lottery bid


Pictured (left to right) as the successful bid was announced: 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.


Project vision

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.

Why the restoration project is important

Stanmer Project imageStanmer is a country estate, equal in size to a third of the city's parks. It is a gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Stanmer Park is a largely intact 18th Century designed Grade II registered landscape which is historically and nationally significant.

The park includes the Grade I listed Stanmer House, plus 25 further Grade II listed buildings and structures. Both the buildings and landscape have deteriorated, and are classified as At Risk by English Heritage.

There has been limited estate-wide management of the park for several decades, so significant resources are needed now to reverse this decline.

What does the project plan to do at Stanmer?

The restoration area covers 20 hectares of the 485 hectare park.

Our project focuses on history in the park because its 18th Century design was a key period in British landscape history. This was the last time the park was designed and managed as a single estate.

Download a plan showing the restoration project area, and what we propose to do

Project outcomes

  • Restore the Walled Garden and surrounding areas
  • Restore the 18th Century landscape and historical features (this includes restoring the entrance and parkland to Stanmer House)
  • Provide hundreds of education, training and volunteering opportunities
  • Improve and increase park-wide access and movement
  • Explain and celebrate the park's history and importance
  • Plant over 250 new trees
  • Create a long-term management vision for the park for the next 10 years, including an estate-wide Woodland Management Plan (see top of page for link to our current invitation to comment on this draft Plan)
  • Provide a dedicated onsite team to deliver the 10 year vision and beyond.

Key project milestones

Date Stage Progress
July 2017 Official permission to start work on the project given by the Heritage Lottery Fund Completed
February 2017 to summer 2018 Preparation for construction phase In progress
December 2018-2020 Construction phase Not yet reached


Project development partners and stakeholders

A number of groups have been involved throughout the masterplan proposal process and will continue to be closely involved.

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

A large number of groups will be helping the project deliver a comprehensive Activity Plan, which will offer a range of exciting new activities for all to enjoy. A summary will be posted here shortly.

Keeping informed and getting involved

We will be sending out project bulletins to anyone wanting to keep up to date with the project's development, and interested in volunteering or becoming involved in another way at the park in future.

Email us at if you would like your details added to the mailing list. We expect the first bulletin to be issued in January 2018.

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