Richmond Park includes a 17.5 acre enclosed woodland garden, the Isabella Plantation. The gardenâ€™s public access is free-of-charge and it is open 365 days a year. The Plantation contains a network of formal and informal desire line paths. The area is bounded by four pedestrian entrances (including one from the disabled users car park). The garden has a permanent toilet block in the south east of the Plantation. There is also a temporary portaloo for visitors with disabilities near the entrance to the disabled users car park. The gardenerâ€™s messroom, office, toilets and machinery shed are housed within the Plantationâ€™s conservation area. This area also contains the Plantation nursery with poly/shade tunnels, a potting shed as well standing-out beds, frames and recycling bays. During 2009, the Richmond Park management team developed the concept of a major project to improve access to the Isabella Plantation, and in 2010, a programme of consultation was initiated to develop a scheme and prepare funding bids. The vision was to develop a project including both physical improvements and a programme of partnership and community engagement activity to encourage new visitors to the Plantation. The Royal Parks assembled a team to develop a plan to improve access to the plantation and submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project application was submitted to the HLF and was successful in 2010/11. The project received Stage 1 development phase funding. The project has progressed and a full application for Stage 2 funding was approved in June 2012, and match funding has been secured from a number of other agencies, including the SITA Trust.
The Royal Parks
The Old Police House,Hyde Park
0300 061 2000
020 7298 2005
Contract value: 825000.00 - 825000.00GBP
Published: 10 Jan 2013, Receipt by: 4 Feb 2013
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