The Government to use philanthropic reserves to fund Stonehenge restoration

Tourism and Heritage minister John Penrose announced £2m of private philanthropic reserves will be set aside to help English Heritage get stalled improvement works at the World Heritage site back on track.

In July last year the Government scrapped £25m earmarked to fund upgrade work at the site including the landscape surrounding the stones and a new visitor centre.

Penrose said: "It is a real step forward in making sure this World Heritage Site is not simply preserved, but also presented in the best possible light for visitors in the future."

"For too long the way it has been presented to visitors has been woefully inadequate – decades of dithering and indecision have got us nowhere. So it’s only right that new thinking and cooperation between parties come together to ensure the whole visitor experience is world-class too.

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said: "These are crucial steps which bring closer the transformation of the currently blighted Stonehenge landscape."

It was hoped final paperwork and funding details would be finished in time to start work in 2012, he added.

Landscape architect Chris Blandford Associates won the contract in 2009 to revamp the site.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Crocus

Crocus

These heralds of spring are highly suited to being planted in tree circles, grass and rock gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.

Camellia

Camellia

These versatile, evergreen shrubs can flower from October right through to the end of May, Miranda Kimberley finds.


Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

PLANT SUPPLIERS GUIDE

Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers
 

Download your copy

Products & Kit Resources