Gunnersbury Park gets first funding for restoration
The money comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). If their second round proposals are successful, the councils should receive £4.3 million to put the plans into place.
In-house landscape architects at Ealing Council are working with colleagues from both councils, HLF officers and a team of consultants to develop the detailed plans.
Set amongst the 186-acres of historic parkland are 22 heritage listed buildings, along with sporting facilities, a café and a local-history museum. The museum has been awarded a separate HLF development grant, allowing the two projects to progress together.
The Parks for People project will involve restoring elements of the park’s historic landscape that has links with William Kent, recreating the horseshoe lake, and repairing several listed structures including the Sidney Smirke Orangery and Pulham Gothic boathouse and rockery. A diverse programme of learning and volunteering opportunities will also be introduced, as well as new activities for visitors including boating, nature trail walks and a community garden.
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