Heritage Lottery Fund announces more than £10m for parks and gardens including Great Dixter

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today (30 March) announced its latest round of awards for heritage projects across the UK.

The successful projects are: Great Dixter in Sussex; Castle Hill and Ranfurly House in Dungannon, Northern Ireland; and Epping Forest in Essex.

Heritage Lottery Fund chair Dame Jenny Abramsky said: "During these tough economic times we still need to enjoy the things which enrich the quality of our daily lives whether it is a beautiful garden, a gallery full of wonderful paintings or a much-loved historic building."

The awards:

Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex - £3.79 million
The project will allow the 23ha (57acre) site to continue as a beacon for garden-lovers as well as offering wider opportunities for people to visit and enjoy the tranquil setting. The Great Dixter Trust will also be providing training opportunities for both novice and professional gardeners.  

Castle Hill and Ranfurly House, Dungannon, Northern Ireland - £2.24 million

The site is to be redeveloped as a park with the landmark Knox Hannyngton towers being repaired so that they can once more provide impressive views over the whole of the province of Ulster.

Epping Forest, Essex - £4.76 million

Epping Forest is a former Royal Hunting Forest which spans across Essex and three London boroughs.  It is particularly famous for its ancient pollarded trees which have survived for hundreds of years. The HLF grant will be used to build a new interpretive centre in the Forest, extend beneficial grazing, save over 1,200 veteran trees and provide educational and volunteering opportunities.

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