Abramsky recognises lottery restoration quandry for councils

Heritage Lottery Fund retiring chair Jenny Abramsky says local authorities are cutting applications for lottery money - but that they must still recognise how heritage can bring growth.

Speaking to Hudson’s Historic Homes and Gardens Guide, Amramsky said: "in the last two years applications have gone up by 40 per cent and there has been a switch away from local authority applications, as their budgets shrink so they can’t produce matched funding.

"Local authorities do recognise heritage can be a force for growth. People who think that heritage is just a drain are completely misunderstanding the positive impact it can have on a community and how important it is for economic health."

Abramsky predicted "tougher challenges" for heritage sites, and the need for new visitor models because the sector is "not going back to a world pre-2008".

Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens details 1,000 stately homes, historic houses and gardens including private and public owned properties, the National Trusts, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw and Historic Royal Palaces.

it includes information on where the public can celebrate next year’s special anniversaries. These include the Magna Carta (1215), Agincourt (1415), the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and the Women’s Institute (1915).

Meanwhile gardeners from heritage gardens reveal their favourite rose varieties. 

They are Xa Tollemache of Helmingham Hall who likes Madame Plantier and Munstead Wood, Lady Ashcombe of Sudeley Castle & Gardens who prefers Rosa Mundi, Alnwick Garden head gardener Trevor Jones who likes Jude the Obscure and Chandos Beauty and Mottisfont Gardens head gardener Johnny Bass who favours Mrs Oakley Fisher.

Also published this month are Scotland’s Gardens, which includes 62 new gardens among more than 600 entries and Great Gardens to Visit 2015 which details 125 gardens, edited by Tony Russell.


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