We’re excited to see that an investment of £5.8 million pounds has be promised for the restoration of Stanmer Park which sits near the University of Sussex campus just north of Brighton. Planning permission for the proposals was approved in December by the South Downs National Park and the project aims to restore around 20 hectares of the park’s landscape, as well as its Grade 2 listed buildings.
The transport plan for the restoration includes improved car parking facilities, cycle parking, a proposed cycle-hire hub and improved walking and cycling routes. In addition, there will be opportunities for volunteering and training in horticulture, heritage gardening and food production, along with facilities for learning about the heritage of the estate, the historic landscape that surrounds it and the South Downs.
This is great news for local residents, especially those that live closest in areas such as Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Coldean, as well as for visitors. And not only will the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project improve visitor experience to the park, it is also set to bring new employment opportunities for local people. A win-win situation.
More information about the restoration project can be found here.