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Park wins further lottery funding

by Natalie Vincent Wed 12 September 2018, 9:52 am

Headstone Manor Recreation Ground in Harrow won more than £1 million in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the summer 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 upgrade to Harrow's historic 23-ha attraction will also include new footpaths, bridges, signs and a major upgrade to the 14th century moat that surrounds the ancient manor complex.

The additional funding complements previous grants from the mayor of London's Greener City Fund (£300,000) and HLF, together totalling £2.35 million. Harrow Council's deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and employment, 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, which once formed part of the much larger, ancient 'Heggeston' farm – first recorded from 1300 – has already won millions in lottery funding, which has seen its ancient buildings restored, new visitor centres built and the manor complex reshaped. The park is designated a Site of Importance for Nature.

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