Gunnersbury heritage boost

Gunnersbury Park has received another boost to its redevelopment, with a grant for £457,695 from Historic England [HE], formerly known as English Heritage.

The money will go towards additional repairs to areas of the historic park and its buildings, including the Gothic Ruins and screen, garden terraces and garden grotto. The funds will also help restore attractions such as Princess Amelia’s Bath House.

Princess Amelia was the favoured daughter of King George II, and Gunnersbury was her summer retreat away from the pollution of central London.

Works as a result of this grant began at the end of February and are set to be completed on 30 June.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “It is through the help of heritage organisations and charitable foundations like this plus volunteers and local supporters, that once again, Gunnersbury will be a major heritage and recreation site.”

Nigel Barker, London Planning Director for Historic England said: “Our grant will allow the full repair of some of the park’s most stunning features, from the Gothic ruins to the garden terraces, and will take us one step closer to removing the whole park from the Heritage at Risk Register.”

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