The Royal Parks charity, which manages Greenwich Park, has secured a £4.5m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund for its Greenwich Park Revealed project.
The Royal Parks and other funding partners will also contribute to this project, equating to total investment of £10.5m.
The park covers 183 acres and was enclosed in 1433, making it the oldest enclosed Royal park. The Grade 1-listed landscape is a unique mix of stunning gardens, historic buildings and monuments, and is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation with an abundant array of wildlife.
However, there are several challenges currently facing the park, including the increase in visitor footfall which is dramatically eroding the landscape. The park also faces new tree pests and diseases which are damaging the historic tree avenues, and inadequate public facilities need urgent attention.
Greenwich Park Revealed will cater for a growing and diverse local population and will future-proof the ancient park for generations to come. It will:
- Return the park’s eroded historic landscape to its 17th century glory. This includes reinstating the giant steps, replanting diseased and dying sections of the tree avenues and recreating the original baroque designs created by Charles II.
- Build a state-of the art, eco-friendly Learning Centre in an underused service yard, generating completely new green space for public use, overlooking the historic deer park.
- Provide better access across the park for people with disabilities.
- Enhance the park for wildlife by improving the Wilderness Park with better views of the deer and a new wildlife pond, and by planting scrub for nesting birds and conserving wild grasslands.
- Enhance the Flower Garden with wildlife-friendly planting in keeping with its formal, Edwardian design, improving the lake and adding natural play features for children.
- Improve sustainability through increased recycling, reconnecting historic fountains and using ground water to irrigate trees and improve water quality in the lakes.
- Create new interpretation to unveil the dramatic story of London’s most historic park.