The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund have given their initial support to Thanet District Council and the Friends of Ellington Park as it was announced today, that Development Funding for the Ellington Park project has been approved. The project aims to conserve and enhance the park and its features in a way that will encourage community involvement and promote civic pride and social cohesion
Development funding of £143,700 has been awarded to help the council and Friends group to continue to work in partnership on their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The project aims to improve the quality of the local environment by restoring the park’s original layout and enhancing the heritage and history of the park itself and its immediate surroundings. This project will be captured on film, in photographs and in official documents as it progresses, to form an historic record of the park’s regeneration. Local community involvement will be encouraged through consultation at each stage of the project, with information on developments to show that their contribution is valued.
Cllr Suzanne Brimm, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “This is a great achievement and recognition of the hard work of the Friends of Ellington Park and council officers. By working together we can help preserve and enhance this historic park for the local community to enjoy now and in the future.”
Beverley Perkins, Chair of the Friends of Ellington Park said: “The Friends of Ellington Park are thrilled to have successfully achieved the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to regenerate Ellington Park. We have been working very hard towards this goal for nearly four years, and can now see that the park will be returned to its historic magnificence.”
HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “Public parks play a vital role in our health and well-being. With this investment from National Lottery players, there’s real opportunity for a rejuvenated Ellington Park to deliver huge benefits to the whole community.”
The park is a focal point for the local community. The park’s history began in 1892 when the Ellington Estate passed into the ownership of the Ramsgate Corporation, now Thanet District Council, as a place of public recreation. In 1893 Ellington Park was designed and laid out by a well-known firm of landscape architects Joseph Cheal and Son. Its key features remain today including the pathways, perimeter gates, railings and the Pulhamite rockery. The Victorian bandstand was manufactured by Walter MacFarland and Company around 110 years ago and has been the focus of events in the park since that time. It remains one of the parks key focal points.
Parks for People applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
About the Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
The Parks for People programme* uses money raised by National Lottery players to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries. In England the two Lottery Funds have been working in partnership from 2006 to deliver a multi-million pound investment in public parks. Find out more about how to apply at www.hlf.org.uk/parks
To date, more than £850million of money raised by National Lottery players has been invested in parks since 1996.
*Parks for People applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.
Further information on this round of HLF funding can be found at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/uk-coastal-towns-set-economic-boost-national-lottery-invests-
About The Friends of Ellington Park
The Friends of Ellington Park are a constituted community group with an elected committee. They are committed to not only improving the park, its wildlife and environment, but have also created a very well supported community, with weekly social gatherings, as well as a vibrant social media presence.