18th century country house park wins HLF funding for £5.2m scheme

The park of a decaying 18th century country house on the outskirts of Birmingham will be regenerated in a £5.2 million scheme.

Lightwoods Park bandstand - Image: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Lightwoods Park bandstand - Image: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Lightwoods Park and House are undergoing a transformation after Sandwell Council and the Friends of Lightwoods Park and House secured £3.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

The project aims to restore the historic park so that it can provide an attractive, welcoming and well-used green space that can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

The project includes the restoration of the historical elements of Lightwoods Park including the drinking fountains, the 19th Century bandstand, Shakespeare Garden, walls and railings and a pond and refurbish the Grade II Lightwoods House. The project will also incorporate footpath improvements and a new play area. 

Restoration specialist Fairhurst Ward Abbots has been awarded a contract to carry out £3.9 million of work and has appointed Blakedown Landscapes to undertake landscaping work.

Council deputy leader councillor Steve Eling said: "The aim is to restore the historical elements of Lightwoods Park and refurbish the Grade II Lightwoods House so more people can enjoy, learn about and become involved in the park and house.

"This is the culmination of a major piece of work to restore the park and house to their former glory. I can't wait for the work to be finished."

The project aims to bring the Grade II listed house, which was built in 1791, back into public use for community meetings, training and functions, a children's centre and on site offices for management and police. The project is expected to complete in March 2016, with Lightwoods House opening in the summer of 2016.

Educational and events programmes are also planned for the park, including learning about the park's heritage and wildlife, recruiting volunteers and training. Park managers will also work towards securing a Green Flag and a Green Heritage Award.


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