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Faversham Recreation Ground

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Tuesday 31 July.

This article was updated on Thursay 21 March, 2019.

Located in the heart of Faversham and already enjoyed on a daily basis by many in the local community, we are looking to make your visit and experience of Faversham Recreation Ground even better. 

Established in 1860 using funding from the Henry Wreight Charity and public subscription toward the cost of purchasing 20 acres of land and initially laying out the open space, Faversham Recreation Ground is owned by Faversham Municipal Charities and leased by Swale Borough Council with the aim of providing valuable green space and recreational facilities for the community. 

Parks for People improvement project 

Parks for People is a joint Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund programme which aims to protect and enhance historic parks, helping to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy these important public open spaces. 

The Rec is one of the most significant heritage parks in Swale, retaining much of its original Victorian layout and contains listed features such as the Gardeners Lodge and Loggia. It is well used and valued by the community. 

Given its age, some areas of the park and buildings are tired and there is a lack of appreciation and understanding of the park’s history and its links to the community.  

The aim of the project at Faversham Recreation Ground is to ensure that this heritage is protected and that people have more opportunities to visit, understand and be involved with the park and learn about its history. 

In July 2018 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BLF) announced the project has been awarded more the £1.6m for an ambitious, heritage-led, regeneration scheme of more than £1.9m that will restore many of the park’s historic features, and improvements to facilities.

The funding also supports a five year action plan of community engagement which will open up the site’s history to current users, and target groups who may not have thought about using the park previously. 

This award comes two years after the council won £117,800 initial funding from the HLF and Big Lottery Fund to develop plans for a wide range of improvements and this led to detailed consultations taking place with local residents and organisations to help draw up fully costed plans that were submitted in January 2018. 

The planned improvements and activities include: 

Improvement works will be undertaken through to the Autumn of 2019 with activities and community engagement continuing for 5 years. 

Community engagement 

The Council has undertaken community consultation on several occasions while developing our plans. We want even more people to help shape future decisions about the Rec, contribute to maintenance activities and help other people engage with the heritage through the formation of a Recreation Ground Forum. 

Sustainable future 

Our Parks for People project will make the park more sustainable. It will be better managed with facilities to bring in new audiences to help generate increased revenue for reinvestment. We are aiming to achieve a “Green Flag” for the park by 2021. 

Project documents 

A significant number of reports, plans and documents have been produced during the development of proposals for the recreation ground.

Further reading

National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

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