Hunstanton heritage gardens get £1m lotto windfall

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Hunstanton Heritage Gardens has been awarded nearly £1 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

The £993,900 is for a project to celebrate the vision of the Victorian founder of the town, Henry Styleman Le Strange.

It will preserve and enhance historic features in the area around The Green and adjoining public open spaces, including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.

It will pay for 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.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s 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.”

West Norfolk 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.

It is hoped that work will start early next year.

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

HLF’s chair Sir Peter Luff, said: “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.”