Stanmer Park Restoration Project

 About the Stanmer Park Restoration ProjectStanmer Park

We'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 already well underway, although we won't be starting construction work until towards the end of 2018.

Key project milestones


Date Stage Progress
July 2017 Official permission to start work on the project given by the Heritage Lottery Fund Completed
August 2017 to summer 2018 Preparation for construction phase In progress
November 2018-2020 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.

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.

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 - plus other activities as part of a new Activity Plan
  • 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.

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

Visit our Stanmer news and updates page to keep up to date with the project's development, to find out more about volunteering, or if you're interested in becoming involved in another way at the park in future.


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