Birmingham's Sutton Park wins £1m Defra grant

Sutton Park in Birmingham has scooped a Higher Level Stewardship grant from Defra worth almost £1m over the next 10 years.

The 970ha park has also received Forestry Commission Woodland Grants and additional funding for scheduled ancient monument status from English Heritage.

The Higher Level Stewardship grant will fund:

  • Heathland restoration works.
  • Countryside restoration in other sensitive areas of the park.
  • Proposals for woodland management.
  • Improved visitor experience.
  • Scientific and archaeological research.

To secure the grant park bosses had to produce:

  • A new 50-year community vision for the park.
  • A new heritage management agreement with English Heritage in line with the new Heritage Act.
  • A Farm Environment Plan agreed by Natural England.
  • A new site management plan drafted by external experts and appraised by government agencies.

Sutton Park Advisory Committee chairman David Pears said: "I think this is super news and it means we can do more work to improve the park - restoring it to how it used to be.

"In addition to heathland restoration and woodland management, we aim to improve the signage and add more public displays. This could also open the door to future funding opportunities for a very special park."

 

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