Royal Parks charity wins £4.5m lottery funding for Greenwich Park development project

The grant will help fund improvements to the park, including an eco-friendly learning centre

Greenwich Park (Photograph: Royal Parks)
Greenwich Park (Photograph: Royal Parks)

The Royal Parks charity has been awarded £4.5m in National Lottery funding to protect and future-proof Greenwich Park, one of the eight London parks it serves. 

The charity was set up in 2017 to support and manage the eight royal parks across the capital as well as other London spaces, including Brompton Cemetery. 

The grant, announced today, will fund the Greenwich Park Revealed project, which started this month and will see a number of transformational changes happen to the park. 

These include plans to reinstate the Giant Steps that frame the view of the Royal Observatory, build an eco-friendly learning centre and provide better access for people with disabilities.

The charity secured the funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund under the now-closed Parks for People initiative, which allows charities to revive historic parks and cemeteries. 

Further funding will be contributed to the project by the Royal Parks and other partners, with total investment to be £10.5m for the Greenwich Park Revealed project.  

A requirement for the grant was that the charity had to match the lottery funding. 

A Royal Parks spokeswoman said the charity would continue to fundraise for the project to meet its target.

Andrew Scattergood, chief executive of the Royal Parks, said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, we will now embark on the biggest project in the Royal Parks’ history. 

"Greenwich Park Revealed will protect, enhance and uncover the hidden gems of this iconic World Heritage Site, future-proofing this ancient park for the millions of local, national and international visitors to enjoy for generations to come."

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