Highdown Gardens Wins Crucial Funding

Published on August 23rd 2019
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Highdown Gardens, located in Worthing, has won more than £800,000 to develop their garden and preserve rare plant species.
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The grant was awarded by the Heritage Lottery to the garden. The 8.5 acre garden was created by Sir Frederick Stern in 1909. It is home to hundreds of rare plants and trees which are grown on chalk soil.
This funding will make several projects possible in the garden:
  • The garden's entrance will be opened up to invite visitors in
  • Although the garden is already wheelchair friendly, the funding will make it possible to upgrade existing wheelchair routes in the garden
  • The existing greenhouse will be renovated and a new greenhouse will be built next to it
  • The 'Head gardener's Bungalow' will be rebuilt into a visitor's centre
  • A new sensory garden will be built
  • At the end of the new sensory garden, trees will be cleared to open up a view of the English Channel
  • The most important use of the money will be propagating the extensive plant collection of the garden, most of which are over 100 years old
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The proposed visitor's centre
Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Edward Crouch, said:
“I'm so pleased we have been successful in winning this much-needed funding for our jewel in the crown site. We have a proud history of maintaining the gardens and people will no doubt be delighted to know that we will be maintaining free-of-charge entry while extending its appeal to different members of our community.”
“Critically, we shall be protecting the horticultural heritage for generations to come, just as Stern wished when he gifted the gardens to the people of Worthing back in 1968.”
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