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Reveal, Revive, Restore the Heritage

Project Update Drop-in Event - Saturday 3rd February 2-5pm at Memorial Hall, Marsh Drive, Great Linford.

Come along and see the proposed restoration scheme we will be submitting to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is your opportunity to come and meet the project ream and find out what the proposals include. This drop-in session is available to anyone and is between 2pm and 5pm, booking is not required.

Reveal, Revive, Restore the Heritage

Thanks to National Lottery players, we have secured Parks for People funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund[HLF] and the Big Lottery Fund, for the development phase of our project. The objectives of this project are:

  • to restore this much-loved park to reveal its 18th Century design;
  • to explain the history and evolution of its landscape that has taken place since Saxon times; and
  • to make it a more accessible and interesting place for people to visit.

We would love to hear your views and opinions on the project, so please contact us at glmp@theparkstrust.com. You can sign up to receive project updates via email here. Please read further down for more information about we are trying to do, and how you can get involved.

Latest Project Update 

We are nearing the end of our packed activity and events schedule in Great Linford Manor Park. During Autumn and Winter, we will be focusing on writing up our application for the Heritage Lottery Fund, considering what we have learnt from all the research, community engagement and events so far. We will also be looking to show as many members of the public the design proposal and look forward to getting your feedback. Additionally, we will be look at organising some new events early in 2018.

Data Collection

As part of the project, we want to know how you currently use the park and how you feel it could be improved. This useful information will help guide the design proposals. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to fill out the following survey.

Background

The award from the HLF is enabling us to undertake an 18-month programme of surveys, research and community activities to explore the history and archaeology of this special park. We are also running a programme of community consultation and market research so we can find out how people want to use the park and how we can improve it. Once we have completed the development phase we will be able to apply to the HLF for a grant to implement the delivery phase of our project. We estimate the full cost of the project will be around £3.9 million.

Features

There are several distinctive features of the 18th Century landscape in the park we intend to reveal, revive or restore. These features are thought to have been designed by Richard Woods, an 18th Century contemporary of the English landscape architect ‘Capability’ Brown, and include the pleasure garden ponds developed from the ancient ‘Hine Well’, the stepped cascade, the ‘Wilderness’ garden, and the ha-ha (ditch) that used to separate the Wilderness from the wider parkland.

In addition, we intend to enhance the park by revealing other features such as the Old Quarry and by implementing new planting, which would help restore the historic character of the grounds. We aim to improve paths, entrance points and signage, as well as provide more education and interpretation resources to make access easier and improve the understanding and enjoyment of the park. We also aim to hold more events and activities that the local community can be involved in.

History

You can read more about the history of Linford Manor Park in our Draft Conservation Management Plan. Please note that this plan is a working document and will be extended and completed as part of the project development work.

Get Involved

We would like the local community to be involved in the project and help us shape the future of Great Linford Manor Park. For more information about the project and to find out how to get involved please contact us – see the ‘Meet the Team’ section below.

Some ways you can get involved:

Friends Group: We are in the process of forming a ‘Friends of Great Linford Manor Park’ group. As part of this process, we are currently meeting regularly with a core “inception” group of local people, before we have an official “Become a Friend” day this winter. If you would like to be involved, please contact us at glmp@theparkstrust.com. This group is supported by our Community Engagement and Activity Co-ordinator, and we aim for the official Friends group to become a permanent group of volunteers who help with the care of this special park and run their own calendar of activities and events in the park.

Volunteering opportunities: We have been running volunteering days of the course of the project so far, and will continue to do so. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up for our mailing list here. For example, could you help us research more about the history of the park or help us with practical tasks such as restoring the old quarry and managing habitats.

Meet the team

Mark Purrmann-Charles and Darrel Canvin

Left to right - Mark Purrmann-Charles, Community Engagement & Activity Co-ordinator and Darrel Canvin, Project Co-ordinator. Email the team: glmp@theparkstrust.com and sign up to receive project updates via email here