Lottery fund gives £6m for green space projects

Two multi-million pound green space lottery projects are on track for Surrey and Buckinghamshire

Two multi-million-pound lottery projects to restore green space are on track. Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has contracted environmental planner Land Use Consultants (LUC) to help it secure £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to refurbish Priory Park in Reigate. The HLF has also given £2 million to redevelop Langley Park Estate in Buckinghamshire. It contains two Grade II-registered parks. Pinewood Studios used Black Park as a film set for horror film The Mummy Returns and TV series Midsomer Murders and Silent Witness. Langley Park is an 18th-century-designed landscape. HLF South East regional manger Tessa Hilder said: “The project will open up a beautiful landscape at the heart of a growing centre of population.” The council has also won a £218,000 grant to support the planning project process. In Reigate, LUC will help the council redesign the park, research its archaeology and historic landscape and incorporate new play facilities. The designs will be part of a stage-two lottery bid to be submitted by September. LUC principal Adrian Wikeley said: “We look forward to working with the council and community to create a scheme with genuine lasting benefits.” The council won a stage-one pass for Priory Park in September 2004 for £4.2 million, plus £306,500 to fund development work needed for the stage- two application.

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