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Hillingdon's Cranford Park receives National Lottery support

News release: 13/3/18 -Cranford Park has been given support by the National Lottery.

Hillingdon Council has received initial National Lottery support in the shape of a grant of £221,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery.

The award will help the council seek further funding for a major restoration project at Cranford Park. If successful, this grant will enable essential repairs to Cranford Park's historic buildings and introduce new facilities.

In addition to the restoration, the project plans brand new visitor amenities and improved biodiversity. The Grade II listed vaulted 16th century cellars of the former house would be repaired and, for the first time ever, made accessible to the public.  

This venture will help the park, already rich in history and natural diversity, reach full visitor potential. Essential repairs and conversion of the listed 18th century stable block would provide display space, meeting rooms, and see the rebuilding of a former wing to provide a new visitor cafe and toilets.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services said: "It is wonderful to receive this vital grant to help us in our plans to preserve this important historic site. The project would transform the area. Cranford Park is a much loved green space and these facilities will enrich the visitor experience for residents and their generations to come."

The formal landscape will be restored to its former glory, incorporating features such as the old ha-ha, ice house and walled garden. Natural history will not be forgotten, as the biodiversity will be improved with the grazing of long-horned cattle and the establishment of a brand new wetland area.  

The entire design scheme will be developed in liaison with the Cranford Park Friends. This organisation has been working with Hillingdon Council for the last few years to help care for the park and host walks and events.


Notes to Editors

  • The 144 acre park was the seat of the Berkeley family for 300 years. The park is of significant historical importance, with settlement in the area dating from the Saxon and Mediaeval periods. Within the park there are a number of Grade II listed buildings in addition to the stables and the cellars, such as the listed garden walls, ha-ha, bridge and the Church of St. Dunstan.

  • About the Heritage Lottery Fund: HLF applications are assessed in two rounds. Cranford Park Project has initially been granted round one development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award.

  • About the Big Lottery Fund: The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year we awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

  • Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. 

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