Get ready, set, volunteer! Staunton Country Park calls for people to help with major conservation and heritage project

You can be part of the £3.8 million project to bring history back to life at Staunton Country Park. That’s the message from Hampshire County Council, as it invites volunteers to join the team and help restore the park’s Grade II* listed landscape and modernise visitor facilities

Aug 3 2018

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The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Volunteers at Staunton Country Park already do fantastic work, often unseen, helping us to make every visit to the park an enjoyable experience.

“Having announced a major programme to bring Staunton’s unique and historic past back to life as well as modernising facilities for visitors, we are now looking for more volunteers and invite individuals and groups from the local area – residents, students, community groups - to help with a wide range of tasks such as vegetation clearance and gardening, assisting in the visitor centre and researching the park’s extraordinary, and in parts, undiscovered history.”

Planning permission has been given to the County Council to transform the site, with work to be completed by the end of 2019 including:

  • - Restoration of the Grade II* listed landscape
  • - Conservation of the historic follies and Chinese bridge
  • - Two activity rooms available to park and community groups
  • - Improvements to car parking
  • - New catering and toilet facilities
  • - New trails and activities

Councillor Woodward continued: “Volunteering brings lots of benefits to individuals, as many of our current volunteers have told us. Volunteering can offer the chance to learn new skills, forge new friendships, connect people to their local communities, and help them make positive changes to their local area. I would encourage anyone with a few spare hours to sign up to volunteer at Staunton.”

If you are interested in volunteering and can regularly spare a few hours, please email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk.