|Walpole Park Wins The Lottery!|
Money will help restore it to its former glory
Walpole Park has won the biggest slice from a £4.1m Heritage Lottery fund grant to help support its restoration.
It's one of several parks in London that have received funding: Raphael Park, Romford gets £1.7m, Alexandra Road Park, Camden: £90,00 Plashet Park, Newham: £66,000 West Hackney Recreation Ground, Hackney: £47,500.
Walpole is to get £2.4m. The good news means the council can now get on with restoring the park to its original beauty and improve its visitor facilities.
It will undergo major conservation to recreate its Regency planting and the kitchen garden will be reinstated.
Ealing Council will also provide extensive volunteering opportunities aiming to work with over 150 volunteers a year, as well as educational activities for the local community.
Wesley Kerr, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund London Committee, said: "Walpole and Raphael Park are among the best parks in their boroughs and in London.
"With historic landscapes, towering trees, water, play, sport, and recreation facilities - as with so many of our parks, some of the best features have become tired or emasculated.
"However with this investment from HLF these will be restored."
The announcement will serve as some consolation after the bid for funding for Pitzhanger Manor was turned down.
Vivienne Cane-Honeysett, Chair of Walpole Friends welcomed today's news. She said:
“Winning this funding of £2.4m will greatly enhance the experience of using Walpole Park,
“Now that the Parks for People bid has been won, it is only the start of the hard work! In
11th July 2011