Plans to safeguard the future of the historic Royal Pavilion Garden and restore it to its former glory are back on track! The National Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the gardens with initial funding of £214,400.
The gardens are also hoping to receive further funding after applying for a major National Lottery grant for £3.4 million.
The plan is part of a wider project to re-affirm Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate as a key cultural destination by equipping it for a sustainable future.
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, equalities, communities & culture committee, said:
“This is fantastic news for the city and an important step in securing the future of this important and well-loved public space.
“The project presents a landmark opportunity to change people’s understanding and valuing of the garden, building civic pride and community ownership, and using engagement and activities as a positive and constructive way to help reduce antisocial behaviour.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, we can now move forward, working with our city partners, residents and visitors, to develop a scheme which will enhance this important Regency landscape while preserving this precious open space in the heart of our city.”
A previous application for funding in October 2018 was unsuccessful, but the heritage importance and need to improve the garden was noted by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The enterprise also praised the community involvement which backed the bid after a public consultation attracted more than 1,300 responses.
To see the council’s full conservation plans, please visit their website.