Groundwork secures National Lottery support to uncover the hidden heritage of Hastings Country Park

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve secures National Lottery support to bring more people into the park to discover its natural beauty and fascinating local heritage.

Groundwork, working in partnership with Hastings Borough Council has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £277,000. This exciting project we’re calling ‘Hidden Hastings Heritage’ will take place over the next two years across the 853 acres of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the hidden stories and physical reminders of the park’s varied and often little known past.

With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund award, the project will offer exciting new activities and events in the park for schools, community groups, local people and visitors. Activities will take place across the whole of the park and will help people to adventure through this unique and special landscape, many of them for the first time. The project will also bring to life the park’s history online and with physical pieces of interpretation and signage installed in a number of key locations together with improvements to access paths.

As part of the project people will be able to learn about and enjoy hidden stories such as the role of the park in the growth of Victorian Hastings, as home to RAF Fairlight, in the development of Radar during World War II and links to notable local figures like John Logie Baird and Marianne North and much more.

Ben Coles, Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships, Groundwork South said,

“Working with our partner Hastings Borough Council we are delighted to have been successful in securing this support for the very special place that is Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve thanks to National Lottery Players. Through the Hidden Hastings project we will be able to make sure that the park’s potential to support the learning, enjoyment and health and wellbeing of as many local people as possible is made a reality.”

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