Heritage Lottery Fund Project Update

Lottery funding granted
In 2011, Broxbourne Council successfully secured a £1.89 million Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund grant to protect and improve Cedars Park, and conserve and promote its heritage. To date, as part of the project, the park has undergone a variety of improvements including:
  • Removing the Theobalds Palace Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) from the English Heritage at Risk Register by carrying out significant conservation work within the park
  • Repairing paths and improve car parking
  • Uncovering more about important history of the site and explain it in an interesting and accessible way, as well as to better showcase the existing historical features
  • Involving local schools in using the park for education and learning
  • Improving the park café and toilets and repair derelict buildings
  • Providing new community meeting space in the park
  • Planting over 2,500 new trees
  • Developing new natural play features for families – bocce, turf maze, willow tunnel
  • Getting people involved in volunteering at the park
  • Enhancing the biodiversity of the park
  • Providing more community events and activities
  • Improving accessibility around the park for wheelchairs, buggies and less able people
  • Creating a park to be proud of in the Borough
  • Creation of a café and community meeting space

The project finished with several events in 2014, including "A Living History: Re-visiting the Civil War at Cedars" on August Bank Holiday Weekend. To watch a video about this event, please go to the Education Pack page.