Headstone Manor wins £1m lottery cash

Headstone Manor Recreation Ground in Harrow has this week won more than £1 million in cash from the National Lottery’s good causes fund.

Headstone Manor Recreation Ground in Harrow has this week won more than £1 million in cash from the National Lottery’s good causes fund, to add play equipment, park furniture and a heritage trail to the site, as well as reviving its historic orchard and restoring its watercourses including Yeading Brook.

The massive upgrade to Harrow’s finest visitor attraction will also pay for new footpaths, bridges, signs, furniture like benches and tables and a major upgrade to the 14th century moat that surrounds the ancient manor complex.

Harrow Council owns and operates the site, and this additional funding compliments previous grants from the Mayor of London and HLF together totalling £2.35 million. This includes the recently grant of £300,000 awarded by the Mayor of London from his Greener City Fund, which will go towards the construction of new ponds, reeds beds, and wetlands to help preserve the 14thcentury moat. It will also help improve water quality, protect the river network, and increase biodiversity

Harrow Council owns and operates the site, and this additional funding compliments previous grants from the GLA and HLF together totalling £2.35million. The council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Keith Ferry, said:

“Headstone Manor is already my favourite place to spend a sunny day, and these extra improvements are really going to bring the “wow” factor to the surrounding park. We’re going to be topping this money up to make sure these improvements get delivered and our fantastic park volunteers are going to help as well. All in all, we’re going to have a world-class recreation ground when this is all complete. It’s great for Harrow and our residents.”

 

Headstone Manor has already won millions in National Lottery funding, which has seen its ancient buildings restored, new visitor centres created and the manor complex reshaped. It’s one of seven historic sites to wish cash in this latest funding round, awarded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund England.

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, said:

“London is the greatest city in the world and we want to make it one of the greenest too. That’s why the Mayor has established the £12 million Greener City Fund to plant trees, create new green spaces and improve existing ones. We’re delighted to work with Harrow and other authorities on projects like this to make our city’s green spaces more attractive and better for the environment.”

HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, said: “From expansive cliff-top country parks to pocket-sized urban havens, our parks may vary in size, location and design but what they all have in common is the wealth of benefits they deliver to local communities. From economic prosperity and ecological diversity to personal well-being, parks are essential to the health of the nation. That’s why we have invested a combined £950m of National Lottery funding in regenerating parks and urban greenspaces so far, and they remain a priority for us into the future.”

Headstone Manor Park spans 23 hectares and is once formed part of the much larger, ancient 'Heggeston' farm, which was first recorded from 1300. Farming continued on the land up until 1928, when it was purchased by the local authority of the day, Hendon Rural District Council, to create a public park. The park is designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.