Lottery boost for park project
by Natalie Vincent Thu 22 March 2018, 9:43 am
Plans to rejuvenate Cranford Park in Hillingdon have been boosted with a £221,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery.
The cash injection will help Hillingdon Council apply for further funding for a major restoration project at Cranford Park, which will enable essential repairs to its historic buildings, the construction of new facilities, including a visitor cafe and toilets, and improved biodiversity.
The grade II-listed 16th-century cellars of the former house would be repaired and opened to the public for the first time, creating a place of local interest.
The 58ha park was the seat of the Berkeley family for 300 years, with settlement in the area dating from the Saxon and medieval periods.
Jonathan Bianco, cabinet member for finance, property and business services, said: "It is wonderful to receive this vital grant to help us in our plans to preserve this important historic site - the project would transform the area.
"Cranford Park is a much-loved green space and these facilities will enrich the visitor experience for residents and their generations to come."
The scheme was developed in partnership with the Cranford Park Friends, who worked with the council to help care for the park and host walks and events.