Today the National Trust is taking stock and saying a big #ThankYouThursday to everyone that has purchased a National Lottery ticket and indirectly helped us to complete some amazing projects in our gardens over the past 21 years.
In fact, across 17 garden related projects we have received an incredible £19.07 million.
Mike Calnan, our head of gardens says: “We care for 200 gardens across England, Wales and Northern Ireland so it’s always a challenge to find the funds for some of the larger projects we’d like to do, whether it’s a conservation project, helping with new visitor facilities or creating a new area of the garden.
“The money that we’ve received from the National Lottery via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is therefore vital to ensure that our gardens can keep on evolving and that we can restore, recreate and create new experiences for our visitors to enjoy, not just today but for many decades to come.
“Without the help of National Lottery players we wouldn’t have been able to start, let alone complete some of these projects so we truly owe them a lot!”
Gibside in the North East of England has received £61,500 for its walled garden project. Melanie Hills, Visitor Experience Manager, says: “Gibside has been waiting for an opportunity to shout about the Walled Garden and its beauty. The funding from HLF has given us the chance to take on a Walled Garden Project Officer to be able to do this work and to let visitors know about future designs, planting and activities that they can get involved with as we continue to develop the garden. We are so grateful for the funding; exciting times lie ahead.”
Stowe in Buckinghamshire has received £956,000. Jane Greenhaf, General Manager for the Stowe and Aylesbury Vale Portfolio says: “HLF has contributed so much to the enjoyment visitors experience today when they visit landscape garden at Stowe.
“Since acquiring the garden in 1989, the National Trust had previously operated from small porta-cabins housing our reception and tea room which could not keep up with the growing number of visitors and was clearly not in keeping with the historic surroundings. HLF’s generous contribution towards the restoration of New Inn which opened in 2012, has allowed 21st century tourists to follow in the footsteps of their 18th century counterparts and make sense of the arrival being part of the tourist experience as intended by family that once owned Stowe.
“The funding helped the National Trust recreate the original entrance to the garden, enabling visitors to arrive via the Grand Avenue before making their way down Bell Gate Drive to enter and discover the breath-taking vista across the lake looking up to the magnificent Stowe House. We’d like to thank HLF for the support given to Stowe to help ensure the garden is enjoyed and conserved forever, for everyone.”