Stanmer Park Restoration Project

Stanmer ParkIn January 2017 we heard we had won £3.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' scheme to enable the Stanmer Park Restoration Project to go ahead.

Detailed planning and development work is already well underway, although we won't be starting construction work until autumn 2018.

Stanmer Park Lottery bidPictured (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 (SDNPA).

What is the restoration project all about?

Stanmer Project imageThe overall aim of the project is to restore and protect Stanmer park's 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, the masterplan we developed will:

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

This masterplan area covers around 20 hectares of Stanmer Park. Download a plan showing what we propose to do

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

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

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.

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
Autumn 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 (SDNPA), 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 if you would like your details added to the mailing list. We expect the first bulletin to be issued in early December 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 inviting enquiries from spring 2018.

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