Exeter council seeks £3m grant to restore two Victorian parks

Lottery money is sought to regenerate two important parks.

The race is on for Exeter City Council to enter a bid for a £3m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to develop two parks projects. A landscape consultant is now needed to see the task to fruition in time for the September submission date for Northernhay and Rougemont parks. The two parks are separated by the city wall and run adjacent to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, which is already undergoing revitalisation work funded by the HLF. But council contract development manager Mel Jones said Exeter is seeking a landscape consultant who can help it to bring the secluded parks to a wider audience and redesign gardens. He added: “We want to provide better access from other parts of the city so that, for instance, people can go straight out from the library into Rougemont Park. “The consultant will have to investigate the historical format of the Victorian parks and the old designs before restoring it. It has to be done by September for the stage-one application, and that’s a pretty tall order.” The council would also like to see the ageing bandstand changed into a café area. * For details, call 01392 265806

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