COVID-19 update: Thursday 2 July

Construction work re-starts

Construction work began again on on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project on Monday 11 May, after halting on 31 March in line with Government guidelines in the light of the Covid-19 situation.

Buxton Building Contractors undertook a comprehensive and robust risk assessment of all the restoration project's construction work activities, with the key aim of ensuring the safety and welfare of staff and contractors who are undertaking work at the park.

All staff and contractor procedures and arrangements, such as strictly observing social distancing protocols - including when using construction site welfare facilities - have been communicated to the workforce. 

Visitors to the park are requested to continue to keep at a distance from the marked and fenced off construction site working areas, and not to use construction site access routes and areas, particularly those around and near the Walled Garden.

Thank you for your co-operation.

The Traffic Regulation Order consultation period has now finished. Find out more.

The east car park at the Lower Lodges will be closed on Wednesday 13 May 2020 until further notice. Park visitors should use the alternative designated car parking area.

An update from One Garden Brighton

There is a small team of Horticulture and Grounds and Gardens staff social distance planting at One Garden Brighton, which will be operating the Walled Garden area.

Read the latest One Garden Brighton newsletter to:

  • get an update of what’s been happening in the Walled Garden area over the past few weeks
  • view a sketch of the urban garden (one of the themed show gardens being created), and find information about the plants
  • register your interest in taking part in future planting and other volunteering opportunities in the Walled Garden
  • download learning resources for primary level children

If you are not already subscribed to the main Stanmer Park Restoration Project’s mailing list, send an email to

Public events at Stanmer 2020

Covid-19 is having a major effect on public events, with many being cancelled, postponed or changed in significant ways to ensure public safety. Please check individual event organisers' websites for up to date information on any public events scheduled to take place at Stanmer Park for the remainder of 2020.

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