Stanmer Park Restoration Project

Restoring and conserving Brighton & Hove’s biggest park while developing opportunities for residents and visitors to connect with nature and local enterprise.

Purple wild Knapweed wildflowers in Brighton

One of Stanmer Park’s tree-lined paths with a visitor. 

Stanmer Park is a 485-hectare stretch of parkland that rolls from the edge of Brighton & Hove up to the South Downs National Park. 

Launched in 2017, the restoration of 20 hectares of this historic landscape was made possible with £5.1m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the BIG Lottery ‘Parks for People’ scheme, Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and the South Downs National Park Authority.

At the heart of this project has been the restoration of historic Stanmer House’s walled garden, known as One Garden Brighton, which includes a farm shop and a café.

Around this, a range of new opportunities to connect people and nature are being established, from horticultural teaching, learning and volunteering, to outdoor activities and experiences for all ages.

The Living Coast has been involved in encouraging biocultural heritage tourism within Stanmer Park, working with local businesses to develop opportunities for local people and visitors to connect with nature in new ways.

Partipants at a workshop in the park

Participants at a workshop in the park.

You can find details of exactly what’s been done on the Brighton & Hove City Council website and read some of the highlights below.

Project objectives

  1. Restore Stanmer Park’s important 18th-century designed landscape.
  2. Make the park an accessible and meaningful space for future generations of local people, businesses and visitors.

What’s been achieved?

  • Restored the walled garden and opened One Garden Brighton
  • Developed new car parks, cycle parking stands, and a cycle hire and visitor hub kiosk
  • Created a shared pedestrian and cycle path running from the main gate up to Stanmer House
  • Planted 250 new native trees
  • Opened a new play park
  • Created opportunities for volunteering and learning about the natural, cultural and historic heritage of the park

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