Iconic Gardens at Chiswick saved by Heritage Lottery Fund

After years of uncertainty and continuing decline, the magnificent gardens surrounding Chiswick House in west London are to be restored.

After years of uncertainty and continuing decline, the magnificent gardens surrounding Chiswick House in west London are to be restored.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just confirmed a final award of £7.6 million towards the £11.7 million restoration project, which means that this internationally renowned historic landscape can be enjoyed by future generations.

Work will begin at the site in spring 2008 on the project that will see the gardens restored, with miles of paths renewed, over 1600 new trees planted, the conservatory brought back to life so that the rare camellia collection can continue to thrive and a new café and lavatories built.

Commenting on the successful bid, Chairman of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, Rupert Hambro said: “My trustees and I are thrilled and extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the award. This, added to Hounslow Council’s unanimous planning consent, means that the HLF’s generosity gives a huge boost to our fundraising campaign. We now just need to make one final push to raise the £1m to complete the funding for the project.

"People already come from near and far to enjoy Chiswick House and Gardens’ atmosphere and it is the history of the place that makes it so special. It is one of the most important landscapes in the world for its influence on garden design, in particular the English Landscape Movement. Chiswick House is also one of the most glorious examples of neo-Palladian architecture, so it is highly appropriate that during Palladio’s 500th anniversary that the setting for this stunning house should be restored.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the generous donors and the very many people who have provided invaluable feedback on the proposals, all of which has contributed to a spectacular restoration plan.”

Carol Souter, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “Chiswick House and Gardens is a hugely popular landmark which people rightly feel passionate about. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s investment will help secure the future of this beautiful green space giving many more visitors and volunteers the opportunity to enjoy it.”

For further information please contact Rebecca Milton or Danny Lamond in the English Heritage Press Office on 0207 973 3295 or 0207 973 3252.

The Chiswick House and Gardens project was awarded an HLF ‘Stage One Pass’ in January 2006. This meant that money was earmarked by HLF for the project and the applicant, English Heritage, then progressed to Stage Two and submitted a further, fully developed application to secure the full grant.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4billion across the UK. Website: http://www.hlf.org.uk/.

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