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£2m for historic Bishop’s Stortford park plan

PUBLISHED: 10:36 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:36 04 March 2019

An artist's impression of Castle Park

An artist's impression of Castle Park

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A project to merge two green spaces in Bishop’s Stortford to create one park has taken a big step forward after a grant of £1,939,700 was awarded by the National Lottery

A project to merge two green spaces in Bishop’s Stortford to create one park has taken a big step forward after a grant of £1,939,700 was awarded by the National Lottery. The funding will mean Castle Gardens owned by East Herts Council and Sworders Field owned by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council can become one space, Castle Park.

Improvements include work to conserve the remains of the Norman Waytemore Castle, the creation of a new bridge providing greater access to the river and children’s play area (pictured); a skate park extension and the redesign of buildings to create a new community space with a cafe. Restoration of the river and gardens are planned to attract wildlife.

Derrick Ashley, Herts County Council member for environment said the project has brought together local government and local community groups. He added, ‘When completed, the work will celebrate the role Castle Park has played in the past and enhance it for the future.’

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