The Ramsgate Society were delighted to hear on 9th January that a joint application from The Friends of Ellington Park and Thanet District Council has been awarded a grant of £1.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)to improve and regenerate this important community asset.

Ellington Park was laid out in 1893 on land once part of the estate surrounding Ellington House. The park was designed by the Victorian landscape company Joseph Cheal and Son, known for their work at Hever Castle and Kirkstall Abbey. Today, this 12 acre park lacks basic amenities and much of the park's heritage has been damaged or neglected. This money will renovate the bandstand; restore the best features of the original 1893 Joseph Cheal landscape scheme; improve the paths and play facilities; and provide a much needed cafe and toilets.

The park belongs to Thanet District Council but has been suffering from a lack of investment for a number of years. The restoration project was initiated by the Friends of Ellington Park some three years ago and all credit is due to The Friends of Ellington Park and their Chair Beverly Perkins who have campaigned tirelessly to bring this about. 

The HLF will provide an initial payment of £143,000 to fund the preparatory work that has to be done before the project can start on site. This preparatory work will take about 12 months to complete and it is hoped that work in the park will commence in Spring 2018. The Ramsgate Society has supported the Friends throughout this long and sometimes difficult process and will be represented on the project team that has been formed with Thanet District Council and the Friends of Ellington Park to deliver the scheme. We look forward to supporting TDC and The Friends over the next 3 years in any way we can to transform the park into one that the community deserves and can enjoy to the full.

 
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#1 John Sanders 2017-01-13 11:38
Fantastic news - Congratulations.

Many great memories of Ellington Park - including being chased round the park by the Park Keeper who wanted to lock the gates. Of course we could have climbed over the low walls even when the gates were closed but we never did - we were too frightened of his shouting and threats ! Must add that he NEVER actually did anything violent to us but we were fearful that he could.
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