Construction work

Construction is due to finish around March 2021.

Construction company Buxton Building Contractors has comprehensively risk assessed all work activities in the light of Government Covid-19 information to ensure the safety and welfare of staff and contractors. Additional procedures and arrangements to be observed have been communicated to the workforce.

Visitors to the park are asked to keep their distance from the marked and fenced off construction site working areas, and not to use construction site access routes and areas. 

Thank you for your co-operation.

Other updates

Car parking at Stanmer Park

Both the Lower Lodges east and west side car park areas are now open. 

The church car park will close temporarily in March for re-surfacing work to be undertaken.

The new car park at the Patchway will open in late March.

Please make sure you use the correct, marked parking areas only. 

You are not allowed to park your car on the grass, park roadways, verges or pavements.

You could get a parking ticket if you do not follow the rules. 

Following a public consultation, a decision was made at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 29 September 2020 to enact a Traffic Regulation Order, and to start charging for car parking at Stanmer Park. 

Charging will begin on 1 April 2021. Signage will be installed.  Income from car parking will be ringfenced for the management and maintenance of Stanmer Park.

Find out more about the TRO.

Activities in Stanmer Park

We have launched a Family Learning Resource Pack with activities to encourage everyone to get out and about in Stanmer Park and other green spaces. 

Tree planting at Stanmer Park

We've begun planting 500 new trees in Stanmer Park. The young trees, a selection of different species, have been funded by the Stanmer Park Restoration Project and PayByPhone's 'Green Christmas' campaign.

Find out more about how Stanmer Park and Madagascan reforestation project benefit from parking payments.

Stanmer Park playground

The playground at the Lower Lodges end of the park is open.

New information and welcome kiosk

This new building, by the Lower Lodges entrance, will offer drinks and snacks, and include park bike hire and public toilet facilities. 

It is due to open in April 2021.

If you're interested in tendering to run this facility, phone Graves Jenkins on 01273 70 10 70, or send an email to graves@gravesjenkins.com, or visit www.gravesjenkins.com.

An update from One Garden Brighton

There is a small team of Horticulture and Grounds and Gardens staff social distance planting at One Garden Brighton, which will be operating the Walled Garden area.

The Walled Garden is expected to open to the public in Spring 2021.

Read the latest One Garden Brighton newsletter to:

  • get an update of what’s happening in the Walled Garden area
  • register your interest in taking part in future planting and other volunteering opportunities, including future activities for schools in the Walled Garden

If you are not already subscribed to the main Stanmer Park Restoration Project’s mailing list, send an email to stanmerproject@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Public events at Stanmer

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, please check individual event organisers' websites for new information on any public events scheduled to take place at Stanmer Park in 2021.

About Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park is Brighton’s largest park. It is a gateway between the city and the South Downs National Park. Designed in the 18th century, it is a grade II registered landscape which is historically and nationally significant.

The park includes Grade I listed Stanmer House, plus 25 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. Significant resources are needed now to reverse this decline.

Project Plan

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. 

In January 2017, we were awarded

£3.8m

from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund

What is the Stanmer Park Restoration project

Brighton and Hove City Council has secured £5.1 million for a project to restore 20 hectares of the 485 hectares park. The restoration will focus on:

  • the Walled Garden and surrounding areas
  • the 18th century landscape and historical features (including the entrance and parkland to Stanmer House)

The project is being funded by National Lottery Heritage fund and BIG Lottery ‘Parks for People’ scheme as well as Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Work is being carried out by Buxton Building contractors.

The Walled Garden will be transformed into an attractive expertly designed garden. There will be a new café and opportunities for horticultural teaching, learning and volunteering.

The Frankland Monument will be restored. A kiosk at the Lower Lodges will include:

  • food and drink
  • public toilets
  • bike hire

 

What are the project outcomes

As well as restoring 20-hectares of landscape, the project will also protect and rejuvenate Stanmer Park by carrying out the following activity: 

  • 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 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