The Government to use philanthropic reserves to fund Stonehenge restoration

Tourism and Heritage minister John Penrose announced £2m of private philanthropic reserves will be set aside to help English Heritage get stalled improvement works at the World Heritage site back on track.

In July last year the Government scrapped £25m earmarked to fund upgrade work at the site including the landscape surrounding the stones and a new visitor centre.

Penrose said: "It is a real step forward in making sure this World Heritage Site is not simply preserved, but also presented in the best possible light for visitors in the future."

"For too long the way it has been presented to visitors has been woefully inadequate – decades of dithering and indecision have got us nowhere. So it’s only right that new thinking and cooperation between parties come together to ensure the whole visitor experience is world-class too.

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said: "These are crucial steps which bring closer the transformation of the currently blighted Stonehenge landscape."

It was hoped final paperwork and funding details would be finished in time to start work in 2012, he added.

Landscape architect Chris Blandford Associates won the contract in 2009 to revamp the site.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Tractors - Maintenance models

Tractors - Maintenance models

The tractors chosen by professionals across the sector reflect the best features, backup and support on offer, says Sally Drury.

Guide to Glee 2017

Guide to Glee 2017

A vast array of new garden products will be displayed at this year's show. Matthew Appleby previews what visitors can expect to see.


Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer