Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

Funding success for Hunstanton Heritage Gardens

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Funding success for Hunstanton Heritage Gardens

A project to celebrate the vision of the founder of Hunstanton's seaside park - Henry Styleman Le Strange - has received a confirmed grant of £993,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. 

Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project centres around The Green and the adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade. 

The mains aims of the project are to preserve and enhance historic features including the refurbishment of the butterfly shelters and planting of a new rose garden adjacent to the Edwardian Pavilion. New footpaths and more accessible routes will be constructed to encourage more people into the area. Improved interpretation and visibility of the town's assets using historic photos and themed approaches will persuade them to stay longer and learn more about the town and it's heritage. An extensive engagement and activity plan will help people to explore, understand and appreciate this popular resort town.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: "This is superb news for the town. The project team have worked hard to put the submission together and couldn't have done it with the help of local people who provided their views through a series of consultation events. I am delighted that this funding has now been awarded and work can start on improving access and interpretation of some of the seafront's heritage assets, including the ruins of St Edmunds Chapel, the 'look out' over the iconic striped cliffs, and the butterfly shelters." 

The borough council has also committed £280,000 towards the total project costs of £1,325,070, with further support from the Chamber of Trade and Hunstanton Town Council. 

Work will now start on preparing technical documents ready for tender and it is hoped that work will start early next year.

The funding for Hunstanton Heritage Gardens comes as part of an announcement of £30.7million for 16 parks across the UK. 

HLF’s Chair Sir Peter Luff, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “It’s clear that our parks are important to us in countless ways – from physical and mental wellbeing to a connection with nature and our heritage. It’s also clear however that public parks must work in new ways to respond to the funding challenges they face and this investment, thanks to National Lottery players, will help them to do this. 

“We’re delighted to announce this funding today, especially in time for the tenth Love Parks Week, and look forward to a bright future for these parks.” 

 

Last modified on Friday, 15 July 2016 20:09

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