Stanmer Park Restoration Project

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Reviving and celebrating the heritage of the Stanmer Estate

Construction on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project started on 24 June 2019 in the Walled Garden area. The construction company is Buxton Building Contractors. The project is due to be completed in autumn 2020.

  • Read our FAQs below
  • Read current news on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project and sign up for our project updates (details below)
  • See our activity plan below for information about future volunteering, learning and other activities as part of the Restoration Project. Most of these are expected to become available from early 2020
  • Visit the Stanmer Park webpage for general information about Stanmer Park, including park facilities, services, attractions, events, details of how to contact Cityparks and much more

Woodland Management Plan: Find out how you can get involved with helping us review our Stanmer Park ecological records

Walled garden at Stanmer Park photographed in 1945
The Restoration Project

We won £3.75m from the National Lottery Heritage 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.

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. There are also Buxton Building Contractors information boards on site.

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.

Project information

Project outcomes

  • Restore the Walled Garden and surrounding areas (please note that Stanmer Nursery is now closed to prepare for the restoration works)
  • Restore the 18th century landscape and historical features (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.

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.

Activity plan: volunteering, training, learning and more

A large number of partner 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).

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 College, Stanmer Preservation Society and the city council’s Property and Design team.  We also have a number of Activity Partners.

Other information

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