Fulham Palace gardens set for fame due to revamp

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) London committee chairman Wesley Kerr has said Fulham Palace gardens in west London can overtake the Blue Peter plot as the best-known garden in the area.

Kerr was speaking at an HLF get-together at Fulham Palace, which in October won a £270,000 lottery grant, with £3,648,000 earmarked for the main project at its grounds and neighbouring Bishops Park.

The project will restore a moat, turn a gothic lodge into a gardener's cottage and create a beach area next to the River Thames. Kerr said the HLF was targeting the London boroughs of Ealing, Sutton, Enfield, Havering and Bexley to apply for grants.

He explained: "Unless historic places get new audiences there won't be new volunteers to help look after them."

Kerr said a new "simpler" process to apply for grants was helping applicants, with online and mentoring support and decisions within three months.

He added that the Royal Parks' Bushy Park revamp - to be completed after a £4.5m lottery restoration in 2009 - is "going to be one of the great gardens in the world".


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