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A historic Hampshire gem – Major work starts at Staunton Country Park

Posted: 10th September 2019



















A historic Hampshire gem – Major work starts at Staunton Country Park

Staunton Country Park is a step closer to a fantastic new visitor centre and restoration of its beautiful 200-year-old Regency landscape, as Hampshire County Council is set to begin the major phase of improvements later this month.  

The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “This is a really exciting time at Staunton as work begins at pace. The improvements will offer our visitors of all ages the chance to enjoy the country park’s treasured landscape and history alongside fresh, modern facilities. 

“I am delighted that our plans for transformation of the park have attracted the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Big Lottery Fund, making it possible for us to take this historic park to a new level. By transforming our country parks, we hope to attract more visitors which will help make sure the parks can be financially self-sustaining for future generations to enjoy.”  

Work to be completed: 

·         The creation of two new activity rooms for park and community groups 

·         Construction of a new car park which will serve the parkland and act as overflow for the farm on busy days.  

·         New catering in the Coach House with the creation of a café with indoor and outdoor seating, and toilet facilities in the adjacent stable block  

·         New trails and activities including a folly trail, a community orchard, bush craft and other family activities, and horticulture courses; 

·         Restoration of the Grade II* listed landscape 

·         Conservation of the historic follies and Chinese bridge


Councillor Woodward continued: “Staunton will be open as usual during the changes and we thank visitors for their patience. We look forward to inviting them to experience all of the fantastic changes – Staunton will truly be a must-visit destination in Hampshire.” 

The project is being funded thanks to a £950,000 investment from the County Council, along with £2.85 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Big Lottery Fund.  

The catalogue of work, being managed and led by the County Council’s in-house award-winning Property Services team, is expected to be completed in Spring 2020. 

Meanwhile, Staunton has a regular blog series, offering readers the chance to discover different aspects of the country park and historic parkland.