Cannon Hall Park and Gardens secures Lottery support
It was announced today that Cannon Hall Park and Gardens have been successful in securing earmarked funding of £2.8m, including a development grant of £138,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the targeted and sustainable conservation of its buildings and surrounding parkland.
The project, for which development funding has been provided, aims to restore and repair important features of the Georgian park and gardens including key features such as an ice-house, deer shelter and gardeners’ cottage, which will be turned into a volunteers’ hub.
Work will also be undertaken to dredge and restore the lakes of the Park, which are the subject of a long running local campaign, improving their appearance, restoring original vistas, improving water quality and supporting biodiversity.
There will also be wider community benefits to the project through apprenticeships and planned educational, learning, volunteering and skills development programmes.
Through the project the park will be restored to its former glory and also reveal the many secrets, currently hidden from visitors.
Cllr John Wilson, said: ‘We have been working hard towards this project and this is fantastic news that the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will now make this possible.Many people have worked hard to get to this stage and in particular I’d like to thank the Friends of Cannon Hall who have worked very hard raising awareness of the need for this work and in fundraising to support the funding application.
The Parks for People programme uses Lottery funds to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries. In England the two Lottery Funds have been working in partnership from 2006 to deliver a multi-million pound investment in public parks of £150m.