Stanmer Estate Restoration
Good news! We've been successful in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund 'Parks for People' scheme, and have won £3.75 million to enable the restoration to go ahead.
Pictured above, 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?
The council's Parks Projects team is leading on developing a long-term master plan for Stanmer Park and Estate.
The 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
- restore the walled garden
- restore the Home Farm Complex (this part may require a bid for further funding).
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 or visitors. The landscape vision aims to balance the potentially competing demands on the estate.
Funding for the project
The council made a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” scheme and in January 2015 was awarded funding of around £291,000 in the first stage of a two-stage process. That initial funding meant we could develop detailed plans to support our further successful bid to get some work underway. We cannot achieve our vision and aims without external funding. At the end of August 2016 we submitted our Stage 2 bid, and have now learned we have been successful (see top of page.)
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.
|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|
|January to September 2017||Preparation for construction phase||Not yet reached|
|October 2017 to August 2018||Construction phase||Not yet reached|
Project development partners and stakeholders
A number of key partners were involved throughout the master plan 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.
Interested in volunteering at the park in future? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, putting 'Stanmer Bulletin' in the subject line. We'll put your name on our project bulletin email list (first one expected to be in March/April.)
Find out about existing volunteering opportunities at the park. These include at: