Stanmer Park Restoration Project - News and updates

Stanmer park grounds
Stanmer park grounds
Welcome to our page giving latest news and updates from the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

Construction started on 24 June 2019.  Project construction will complete in autumn 2020.

Find out more about this major project on the main Stanmer Park Restoration Project web page.

  • Read restoration project story developments so far (below)
  • View our Project Updates (below.)

Latest news and updates

Project construction has started in the Walled Garden area. There will be no construction work in the main park until mid-October 2019.

Oral History Project - get involved: Volunteer oral historians (deadline extended), and drop-in Memory Days

We're advertising for ten volunteers to help us work with local people to chronicle and record their memories of Stanmer Park. Find out more about becoming a volunteer. Completed applications must be received by the extended deadline of Monday 29 July 2019.

We're also holding public drop-in memory days for people to share memories, photos and memorabilia from Stanmer. These activities are part of the Restoration Project's Activity Plan. Read full details in the June 2019 Project Update.

Stanmer Woods ecological survey and assessment

We're inviting the public to help us, between 21 June and 26 July 2019, with a review of our ecological records for Stanmer Great Wood, Pudding Bag Wood, High Park Wood and Upper Lodges Wood.

If you know of plant or animal species, flora or fauna, in these areas and want to check they are recorded and correctly located, email and we will coordinate details.

This review is to make sure our information is as accurate as possible when planning our woodland management plan activities for 2019 and 2020. You can view maps on the main Stanmer Park webpage.

Meet Stanmer Park Restoration Project team members at Apple Day 2019

This popular annual event, run by the Brighton Permaculture Trust, is on Sunday 22 September. Members of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project will be at the event again sharing information about the Project, and offering games and activities for all to enjoy. Find out more about Apple Day.

Breeze out of Brighton by bus! - Summer 2019 leaflet available now

Stanmer Park is just one of a number of fantastic South Downws National Park countryside locations in East and West Sussex you can reach easily by bus.  This colourful new leaflet gives you all the information you need. See below for the 28 April to 21 September 2019 Stanmer Park 78 bus timetable.

Breeze bus number 78 - summer timetable (28 April to 21 September 2019.)

Stanmer's 78 service runs every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday.

View the timetable here.

Join the Tidy Up Team

This project, organised by the council, gives people the skills, information, tools, and materials to carry out litterpicking tasks safely in green spaces across the city. The project includes Stanmer Park. Find out more about how you could get involved and help at Stanmer Park.

Road repairs - now complete

June 2019: The work to repair a large number of potholes on the central Stanmer Park route has finished.

Tree works - project works complete

Some trees have been pruned or felled in the existing Lower Lodges parking areas, and adjacent to the Walled Garden area, to prepare for restoration project improvement works. Some of these trees posed a safety risk.

Targeted wildlife surveys were undertaken by suitably qualified ecologists at both sites before work began, and during the works, to ensure the works did not disrupt any early nesting bird species, dormouse nests or bats.  No evidence of any bird or dormice nests, or of bat occupation, was found.

Around 250 new trees will be planted in the restoration area later in the project. No memorial trees were affected by this work.

Project update bulletins

 Read project updates issued so far here:

If you wish to receive these updates direct to your email box, please email

The restoration project story so far

Follow the project's progress by reading the city council's issued news stories below. These are presented in reverse date order, with the most recent first:

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