Grantham

Grantham park secures over £800k of National Lottery funding

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South Kesteven District Council and Wyndham Park Forum in Grantham have received funding of £818,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund to refurbish the park.

The project will aim to restore the park to its former glory as a First World War memorial park and build on its reputation as one of the district’s finest assets.

Development funding of £92,500 was awarded in 2014 to help the forum and the council progress their plans to apply for the full grant.

This will enable new and improved features and buildings based around the park’s heritage.

South Kesteven District Council Leader and Executive Member for Economy Councillor, Bob Adams, said: “To secure this level of investment means the park will have the potential to be among the best in the East Midlands and our thanks go to forum members who gave valuable volunteer work.”

Chairman of Wyndham Park Forum John Knowles said: “It’s even more poignant that this funding has been secured a century on from the time when the park was built in memory of local people who fought during the First World War.”

The funding for Wyndham Park comes as part of an announcement of £30.7 million for 16 parks across the UK.

HLF’s Chair Sir Peter Luff, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “It’s clear that our parks are important to us in countless ways – from physical and mental wellbeing to a connection with nature and our heritage.”

To celebrate the funding decision, the council has launched a new website for the park.