Royal Parks gets first stage HLF funding for the Isabella Plantation Access Project

The Royal Parks has secured £164k from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to work up plans to improve the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.

Proposals met HLF/BIG criteria for funding and Royal Parks can now submit more detailed plans to apply for the £1.6m of HLF/BIG support for the £1.8m project.

Improvements to the Isabella Plantation will improve accessibility and could include: upgrades to the existing path network, improved entrance gates and signage; visitor facilities such as shelter, seating and new toilets; environmental and ecological projects, including de-silting ponds and a new water irrigation system; and community activities such as walks, talks and volunteer schemes.

Park manager for Richmond Park Simon Richards said:

"This really is good news for Richmond Park and The Royal Parks. Initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund will not only enable us to progress plans to maintain and improve this much loved woodland garden but also help us to begin to develop a range of education based activities which will benefit both the local community and park visitors as a whole."

HLF London head Sue Bowers added: "This initial support from HLF and BIG will help The Royal Parks to develop plans to ensure the Isabella Plantation continues to be looked after. We look forward to working with them over the development phase."

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