COVID-19 update: Tuesday 31 March

The Stanmer Park Restoration Project construction site will be closed tonight, Tuesday 31 March 2020, for an initial period of three weeks, due to the Government's Covid-19 pandemic guidelines.

The closure will be further reviewed after the initial period.

For any public enquiries regarding site security or safety, contact Gary Shead at Buxton Building Contractors on 07908 152 304.


About Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park is Brighton’s largest park. It is a gateway between the city and the South Downs National Park. Designed in the 18th century, it is a grade II registered landscape which is historically and nationally significant.

The park includes Grade I listed Stanmer House, plus 25 Grade II listed buildings and structures.

Both the buildings and landscape have deteriorated and are classified as At Risk by English Heritage.

There has been limited estate-wide management of the park for several decades. Significant resources are needed now to reverse this decline.

Project Plan

To ensure this important 18th century designed landscape is conserved and restored and will be available and meaningful to future generations of residents, businesses and visitors. Our landscape vision also aims to balance the competing demands on the estate. 

In January 2017, we were awarded


from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund

What is the Stanmer Park Restoration project

Brighton and Hove City Council has secured £5.1 million for a project to restore 20 hectares of the 485 hectares park. The restoration will focus on:

  • the Walled Garden and surrounding areas
  • the 18th century landscape and historical features (including the entrance and parkland to Stanmer House)

The project is being funded by National Lottery Heritage fund and BIG Lottery ‘Parks for People’ scheme as well as Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Work is being carried out by Buxton Building contractors.

The Walled Garden will be transformed into an attractive expertly designed garden. There will be a new café and opportunities for horticultural teaching, learning and volunteering.

The Frankland Monument will be restored. A kiosk at the Lower Lodges will include:

  • food and drink
  • public toilets
  • bike hire


What are the project outcomes

As well as restoring 20-hectares of landscape, the project will also protect and rejuvenate Stanmer Park by carrying out the following activity: 

  • provide hundreds of education, training and volunteering opportunities - plus other activities as part of a new Activity Plan
  • improve and increase park-wide access and movement for all
  • explain and celebrate the park's history and importance
  • plant over 250 new trees
  • create a long-term management vision for the park for the next 10 years, including an estate-wide Woodland Management Plan
  • provide a dedicated onsite team to deliver the 10 year vision and beyond