The Parks Trust has been awarded £3.1m by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to “restore, reveal and revive” the historic Great Linford Manor Park in Milton Keynes.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to restore the heritage of the park, including original garden features dating from the 18th Century such as ponds, cascades and the Wilderness Garden.
The project will enable essential conservation and restoration work to be carried out to the heritage features in the park, which surrounds some of Milton Keynes’ oldest buildings, including Great Linford Manor.
The work will strengthen the special character of the park, making it a more interesting and attractive place to visit, where the sense of a fine 18th Century parkland landscape can be experienced.
Features of the original landscape garden, created in the 1800s, will be restored including a pond and cascade. Areas of wildflower meadow will also be extended and the old limestone quarry in the park made more accessible for people to learn about the local geological heritage.
To improve the visitor experience, the park’s entrances and car parking will be upgraded, new welcome and waymarking signage provided and new paths will be constructed to enable visitors to explore more of the park.
The scheme also includes providing a play trail for children and more seating within landscaped surroundings. Interpretation panels, leaflets and digital resources will be developed to enable visitors to learn about the park and its history.
The Park Trust’s head of environment education and volunteering, Phil Bowsher, said: “We are so pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund have decided to support our project. Great Linford Manor Park is such a special place in Milton Keynes and we will now be able to make it even better for people to enjoy.
“The Park is full of fascinating heritage features we want to conserve and restore and there are so many interesting stories we can tell to reveal the Park’s history to our visitors.”
The conservation, restoration and access improvement works in the Park are planned to commence in 2019 and should take about a year to complete. The programme of community events and activities will commence later this year and run until 2022.