Stanmer Park Restoration Project

Stanmer Project imageThis page gives information about the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

View general information about Stanmer Park

  • Stanmer's Woodland Management Plan (WMP) has now been approved by the Forestry Commission. An important step in the park's future development, the WMP's operations will bring the woodland into active management and provide more learning space and resources. Find out more on the main Stanmer Park webpage.

The Restoration Project

Stanmer ParkWe've won £3.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' scheme for the project.

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.

Detailed planning and development work is underway. We expect to start construction in early 2019.

There are restoration project information boards at the park's Lower Lodges entrance, in the Upper Lodges car park area, and opposite Stanmer Tea Rooms.

Key project milestones (indicative)

Date Stage Progress
July 2017 Official permission to start work on the project given by the Heritage Lottery Fund Completed
August 2017 to winter 2019 Preparation for construction phase In progress
Early 2019 - 2020 Construction phase Not yet reached


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.

Stanmer Park - view of the woodland
Why the restoration project is important

Stanmer 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.

Stanmer water catcher
Stanmer Park water catcher
Project outcomes


  • Restore the Walled Garden and surrounding areas (please note that Stanmer Nursery is now closed to make way for the restoration works)
  • 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 - plus other activities as part of a new Activity Plan (see below)
  • Improve and increase park-wide access and movement for all
  • 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
  • Provide a dedicated onsite team to deliver the 10 year vision and beyond.

Project development partners and stakeholders

A number of groups were involved throughout the masterplan proposal process and 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.

The Activity Plan: volunteering, training, learning and more

A large number of groups will be helping the project deliver a comprehensive Activity Plan from 2020 (although some activities may become available earlier). Learn more about the Activity Plan (PDF 346KB).

Other information

There is a separate project in development, which is not part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project, to restore the park's traditional agricultural buildings. Watch the information video and find out more.