Supporters of Wyndham Park have received a Lottery boost worth £117,000 which will allow them to bid for much more money to restore the park to its former glory.
Yesterday Wyndham Park Forum and South Kesteven District Council learned they had been awarded development funding which will allow them to progress their plans for a full grant totalling £875,900. The initial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund will help them to shape plans for the refurbishment of the park grounds and buildings.
The project aims to restore the park to its former glory as a First World War memorial park and to be one of the district’s finest assets.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture, Coun Bob Adams said: “This is fantastic news for Wyndham Park, Grantham and South Kesteven. The park already has green flag status but in time if the second application is successful we hope to make it among in the best parks in the region.
“This success in securing the HLF development grant represents a giant and exciting step towards refurbishment of buildings and facilities. Timely too, in that the park was built in memory of local people who fought during the First World War.
“We thank the members of the forum for their hard work in securing the first round of funding and look forward to working with them again to prepare for the second application.”
The grant will enable both the forum and council to investigate the park’s heritage and decide which features and buildings could be refurbished if the second round application funding is awarded. This will include consultation events, recruiting new staff, including volunteers to work with the community on what changes they want, complete building surveys and prepare the technical documents for the 2015 application.
Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “Eighteen years of Lottery investment in our public parks has enabled green spaces across the UK to continue to be wonderful open spaces for local communities. This investment will help restore Wyndham Park and ensure its important memorial status is understood by future generations”.