A project to restore Boultham Park in Lincoln has been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
The funding will see a former coaching house/stable block being restored and converted into an education centre, and the construction of an innovative, straw-build café and shop at the 50-acre park.
Work is due to start in the Autumn and will take two years to complete.
A hi-specification glasshouse will be used as a base to deliver NVQ qualifications in horticulture. Key features in the park such as the bandstand, fountain and sundial will also be restored.
The bid was put together by Lincolnshire-based learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust and City of Lincoln Council.
Linkage’s Business Development Director Jane Howson, who has led this project, said: “We are delighted for our residents and members of the local community who will all benefit from this fantastically exciting project.”
Caroline Pritchard, Community Services Manager at City of Lincoln Council, says: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to restore this special park, and through doing so to make it more accessible and welcoming, and bring its fascinating history to life.”
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said on behalf of HLF and BIG: “We’re delighted to be able to provide this much-needed support for Boultham Park, when it could not be more needed.
“Many public parks are really suffering in the current economic climate so this is particularly good news for Lincoln. Parks are important to all of us and add so much to our quality of life.
“Boultham Park will help to bring the local community together and now, we can help to secure its future,” she added.