Barnsley park secures £2.8 million overhaul cash

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A South Yorkshire park is set for a major overhaul after securing almost £3 million in funding for the conservation of its buildings and parkland.

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens in Barnsley has been given £138,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, bringing its total secured funding to £2.8 million.

The project aims to restore and repair important features of the Georgian park and gardens including key features such as an ice-house, deer shelter and gardeners’ cottage.

The money will also be used to dredge and restore the lakes of the park, which are the subject of a long-running local campaign to improve their appearance and boost water quality.

There will also be apprenticeships and volunteering and educational programmes.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “We are thrilled to receive this initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and very grateful. Many people have worked hard to get to this stage and in particular I’d like to thank the Friends of Cannon Hall who have worked tirelessly towards raising awareness of the need for this work and in fundraising to support the funding application. We are very excited about taking this project forward – it will be transformational for Cannon Hall, a flagship site for Barnsley.”

Carole Souter, chief executive of HLF, said: “Since HLF’s State of UK Public Parks 2014 report was published, it’s become even clearer that parks are facing an uncertain future, in spite of being more popular than ever.

“Today’s investment - including earmarked support of £2.8m for Cannon Hall Park and Gardens - will not only help regenerate seven historic parks, ensuring local people have access to high quality green spaces, but also brings to life exciting plans that will see parks used for training, events and activities.”