Stanmer Park Restoration Project - News and updates
Construction started in June 2019 and will complete in autumn 2020.
Find out more about this major project on the main Stanmer Park Restoration Project web page.
View our latest video, and hear more from our project partners (YouTube link).
Below, you can also read:
- Buxton Building Contractors' newsletters (for construction updates.) These updates are also on the onsite noticeboards and available at Stanmer Tea Rooms and Stanmer House
- our project update newsletters
- restoration project story developments so far.
Latest update bulletins from Buxton Building Contractors
Project Updates from the Stanmer Park Restoration Project
- Issue 4 - November 2019 [PDF 4MB]
- Issue 3 - June 2019 [PDF 2.9MB]
- Issue 2 - September 2018 (PDF 4.6 MB)
- Issue 1 - February 2018 (PDF 1.8 MB)
We expect to issue the next Update newsletter in mid-February 2020.
If you wish to receive these Updates directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Latest news about the project
Access changes in January 2020
- Plumpton College works site: from 20 January 2020 the existing access roadways serving Plumpton College will be closed for vehicles and pedestrians so the old buildings can be safely demolished and site landscaping and other essential work carried out. Directional and safety signage is being put up throughout the affected area. This access change arrangement will be in operation until September 2020. Further details in the Buxton Building Contractors Update 6 newsletter (below) and on Buxtons' onsite noticeboards
- New access roadway: work to create the new road at the T-junction by Stanmer church will also require some access changes. Works will start mid-January 2020, and should complete end of April 2020. The new road will enable cars to access the new Patchway car park to visit the restored Walled Garden area. There will be some access restrictions for pedestrians and vehicles while these works are underway. Some trees will be felled in connection with the access road works. These include a small number of non-native conifers which are not sympathetic to the landscape, and some mixed deciduous trees. One tree will be relocated. No memorial trees are affected by these works. The tree works are expected to begin mid to late January 2020, and to finish end of February, avoiding bird nesting season. Checks have been done for other wildlife. The new access road was granted permission as part of the whole restoration project by the South Downs National Park Authority, Stanmer Park’s planning authority.
The tender for the supply and installation of a new play area for Stanmer Park is underway. The play area will be by the west Lower Lodges car park and is being funded through Section 106 (developer contributions) and a private donation. We expect construction to be complete in late spring 2020.
In December 2019, we submitted a planning variation to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). The variation would enable us to relocate the Cityparks depot further away from public areas and to improve facilities.
The Cityparks/fleet vehicle workshop has already been relocated, resulting in reduced vehicle activity. Other operational changes are being put in place to achieve similar improvements. Reducing council depot activities is one of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project objectives.
The variation will enable other improvements including:
- tidying the site by building a new storage barn to replace storage currently held in containers and steel huts
- security improvements, including a new pedestrian path and green walkway
- enhancements to wildlife and increased planting, including native species hedgerows, creation of wildlife corridors and planting of an area as woodland
Woodland works and horse logging in the Great Wood - works now completed.
The works are part of our Woodland Management Plan (WMP). Selective thinning of sycamore and ash trees undertaken will diversify the trees' age and species structure, reducing competition for other healthy tree species. Ash trees showing strong signs of Ash Dieback, and which are a threat to public safety, are being removed.
Last winter we carried out WMP works and mixed planting at Upper Lodges, the Watercatcher and Flint Heap, resulting in new life returning to the woodland floor, and seeds that had remained dormant due to lack of light becoming active again. Read more in the 'restoration project story so far' section below. More information about the WMP on the main Stanmer Park webpage.
Construction updates from Buxton Building Contractors
Latest issue - Issue 4 (11 November 2019). These updates are also on display on the Buxton Building Contractor noticeboards at the Lower Lodges and by the pond.
Lower Lodges car park closure
The Lower Lodges west side car park is closed from September 2019 until Spring 2020 for project improvement and landscaping works.The eastern side Lower Lodges car park and other designated car parking areas remain open for park visitors. Parking enforcement is in operation at Stanmer Park.
Oral History Project
Please keep sharing your memories: our public drop-in Memory Days are now over, but we're still keen to hear from anyone who'd like to contribute memories of Stanmer Park. Email email@example.com. Find out more about Memory Days and the Oral History Project.
Share your photos of Stanmer:
We're always on the lookout for pictures capturing special moments at Stanmer. With your permission (and anyone else shown) your photos could be used in future promotions. Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breeze out of Brighton - and to Stanmer - by bus!
Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020 leaflet available: Stanmer Park is one of a number of fantastic countryside locations in East and West Sussex you can reach easily by bus. View the leaflet. Stanmer's 78 service runs every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday. Up to two children under 16 can travel free when travelling with an adult.
Look out for a year of public events and activities this year under the banner of Nature2020. The campaign highlights the end of the UN International Decade of Biodiversity by celebrating the biodiversity and natural environment of The Living Coast, the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region. The Living Coast is a partner in the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
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:
- Horse power arrives in Stanmer Park (13 November 2019)
- Harvesting seeds at Stanmer Park (9 September 2019)
- Work starts on Stanmer Park Restoration Project (31 July 2019)
- Help us explore the history of Stanmer Park (Oral History volunteers sought) (25 June 2019)
- Contractors prepare for Stanmer Park restoration (20 June 2019)
- "Talking Trees" - information and invitation to comment on draft Stanmer Woodland Management Plan (January 2018)
- Council takes action on inconsiderate parking (November 2017)
- New lease of life for felled elms (October 2017)
- Stanmer Park restoration - plus explanatory video (April 2017)
- City celebrates as Parks for People says 'yes' to Stanmer park - Announcement of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund £3.75m funding award (January 2017)
- Stanmer Park plans move closer as council submits Heritage Lottery Fund bid (September 2016)
- Stanmer Park consultation (March 2016)
- Next steps to secure Stanmer's future (January 2016)
- "Lottery says 'yes' to Stanmer Park" - Announcement of the successful Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund development funding bid (January 2015)
- HLF says yes to Stanmer bid (South Downs National Park release)
- Bid to bring Stanmer's 18th Century landscape to a 21st Century audience (November 2014)
- Clarification over Stanmer Park improvements (April 2014)
- Masterplan to fulfil Stanmer's potential announced (January 2014)
- Have your say on future of historic Stanmer Estate (June 2013)
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