Liz Lake Associates to work on Clare Castle Country Park restoration

Landscape architect practice Liz Lake Associates has been appointed to work on plans to restore Clare Castle Country Park in Clare, Suffolk.

Clare Castle Country Park features castle ruins and green space. Image: Liz Lake Associates
Clare Castle Country Park features castle ruins and green space. Image: Liz Lake Associates

The practice will work on developing detailed plans for transforming key parts of the park’s green spaces.

The castle and Victorian buildings are also being restored, with the aim of developing a wider range of leisure and learning activities. The development phase is expected to take one to two years to complete could take 1-2 years to complete with a delivery phase to follow, subject to a successful bid to the HLF of around £1.5m.

Clare Castle Country park’s trustees won £206,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year to develop plans for the park surrounding Clare Castle, first built in the 11th century by a Norman knight who had been gifted with large estates in Suffolk, Essex and Kent by William the Conqueror.

The park also contains a disused railway station and platforms with trails aligned along the disused railway.

Chairman of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust Geoffrey Bray said: "We intend to improve the park for everyone in our local community of Clare and beyond. Our ultimate aim is to encourage visitors to make full use of this beautiful, historic and environmentally significant park. This funding is a vital first step in helping us to achieve this objective."

Clare Castle Country Park was acquired in 2015 by the Town of Clare in a state of neglect. It transferred ownership to Suffolk County Council in March 2015. Independent charity Clare Castle Country Park Trust, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the park including its green spaces and woodland, the children’s play area, the car park, the listed railway buildings and the castle remains.

Liz Lake Associates has three offices, in Stansted, Essex, Bristol and Nottingham.

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