Posted: Tuesday 21st March 2017
The Countryside Management Service (CMS), working in partnership with East Herts Council and Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, have secured an initial £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund to develop detailed plans for Castle Park in Bishop’s Stortford.
The project, which will bring together Castle Gardens and Sworder’s Field, will showcase the town’s heritage in an exciting, vibrant and beautiful park. The remains of Waytemore Castle, a Grade 1 listed Scheduled Monument, will have specialist conservation work carried out to protect it into the future, whilst the new masterplan ensures it takes a prominent position within the park and the town. The River Stort, which runs through the centre of the park, will be transformed with habitat improvements bringing in wildlife and new opportunities for public interaction created within a new crossing point.
An older children’s social space, upgraded community space and a new café will ensure a wide range of facilities are on offer. We will also be setting up a new programme of health walks, whilst a new friends group will allow local people to help shape the park going forward.
East Herts Council Executive Member for Environment and the Public Space Graham McAndrew said; “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund have seen the potential of this project. The new park will be a very welcome addition to the town, boosting the quality of life for residents and visitors.”
Derrick Ashley, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Transport, added: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund will be supporting this important project. The partnership, co-ordinated by our Countryside Management Service along with East Herts Council and Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, has brought together local government and local community groups to develop these exciting plans. When completed, the project will celebrate the role Castle Park has played in the past and enhance it for the future.”
HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “Public parks play a vital role in our health and well-being. With this investment from National Lottery players there’s real opportunity for a rejuvenated Castle Park to deliver huge benefits to the whole community.”
Over the next year and a half we will continue to work closely with local groups and people as we bring together the detailed masterplan for the new park.
If you would like to get involved in the project, please do get in contact with us.