Hartlebury Castle restoration, regeneration and rejuvination
Hartlebury Castle is a building steeped in history, having served as a See House of the Worcestershire Diocese for at least 800 years. The parkland in which the Castle is located and the gardens which provide its immediate setting are both parts of the Grade II Listed Registered Historic Park and Gardens by English heritage for their special historic interest.
In order to help ensure that the castle and its associated grounds are preserved for future generations to come, Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust were formed with the aim of acquiring Hartlebury Castle from its current owners, the Church Commissioners. The Trust intends to preserve the property for the education, the use and enjoyment of everyone. As part of the process of acquiring the Castle, the Trust have successfully achieved a round one Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application.
We were very pleased to be appointed to the project following a competitive tender situation, in order to help Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust apply for their second round of Heritage Lottery Funding. With the sensitive restoration of the gardens and parkland in mind, a period of detailed research, consultation and design has resulted in the production of the Conservation Plan, Maintenance and Management Plan and Masterplan for the gardens and parkland.
These documents have formed part of the detailed bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has been submitted and is awaiting determination at the end of September.
We eagerly await the decision by the Heritage lottery Fund, so we can see this grand estate returned to its former glory and taken into the future with the exciting restoration of the Castle, Gardens and Parkland. We will keep our fingers and toes crossed for a big YES from the HLF!!
Written by: Chantelle Martin