Revealing, Reviving and Restoring the Heritage
Thanks to National Lottery players, we have secured a Parks for People grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BLF) for the development phase of our project to Reveal, Revive and Restore the heritage at Great Linford Manor Park.
Between January 2017 and February 2018, we will be undertaking a programme of surveys, research and community engagement to help us better understand the history and archaeology of the park, develop proposals and strategies informed by the community to enhance the heritage, all whilst getting the community out and involved! Once we have completed the development phase we will be able to apply for a grant to implement the delivery phase of our project which would run from 2018-2022.
Great Linford Manor Park is unique in Milton Keynes, providing a concentration of heritage features and the remnants of an 18th Century landscaped garden. This 16.4 hectare park includes beautifully designed character gardens, ornamental ponds featuring an impressive stepped cascade and a Ha-Ha [ditch] separating a garden wilderness area from surrounding parkland; these are all integral to the setting of the Manor House and add to its grandeur.
Whilst these historic features remain, unfortunately overtime they have become degraded, lost or misinterpreted, and many visitors pass through the park unaware of the rich heritage that surrounds them. With the HLF funding, we plan to restore these heritage features and secure them for the enjoyment of the public. We want as many people to be involved in the park and its restoration as possible. For instance, we could;
• Create new paths ensuring access for all around this heritage park;
• Plant appropriate species creating a wonderful sensory and ornamental garden representing the 18th Century design;
• Restore the ornamental ponds as a centrepiece of the park;
• Enhance the park as a place for relaxing and learning; and more
And we want your views on the proposals!
From June 2017 onwards, we will be holding a series of activities, pilot events and talks. We would like as many people as possible to come and explore the park. Anyone can get involved regardless of age and ability! Our events will cater for everybody.
As part of the project aims, we also would like to set up a Friends group who will work to help maintain, promote and improve Great Linford Manor Park for years to come. Membership of this group will be a fantastic way to meet new people, get involved in the outdoors and help your local community. There will be numerous volunteering opportunities to get out in the park with others and make a difference. Our first volunteering day falls on National Volunteering Week in June, to find out more and sign up to take part find out more here: www.theparkstrust.com/action.
We would love to hear any opinions, ideas or questions you have regarding our project at Great Linford Manor Park. We will also be publishing our list of activities / events for the year soon, which can be found on our project webpage at http://www.theparkstrust.com/linford-manor-park-hlf
The project team can be contacted on GLMP@theparkstrust.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Mark Purrmann-Charles, Community Engagement & Activity Co-ordinator
Darrel Canvin, Project Coordinator