Cammo Estate restoration project

Cammo Estate Local Nature Reserve has a unique heritage. The reserve needs investment to restore its features and develop the parks as visitor attractions.

Download the Cammo Estate Restoration project information brief below.

Complete a short questionnaire to let us know your views on the Cammo Estate.

Application

In 2016 the estates home farm building was sold off for private development and the profits were ringfenced for site improvements.

In March 2017 we decided that we should apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund stage one development grant to secure funds for the restoration, using the home farm profits as matched funding.

The funding will let us develop detailed master plan proposals for the estate, which will include designs for the buildings and landscape.

If our round one bid is successful, we will work out a detailed

  • conservation management plan
  • activity plan
  • visitor services business plan
  • ten year fully costed management and maintenance plan

to support a round two application.

Project

The project looks to

  • restore the estate
  • develop it as a major visitor destination which showcases its unique landscape and historical features.
  • create opportunities for learning and volunteering
  • engender a sense of pride in the neighbouring communities through engaging groups and partners.

It is likely that the project will cost around £5m.

Proposals

We will carry out public consultation and research to inform the master plan proposals.

Although nothing has been decided yet some of the proposals may include restoring

  • views from Cammo House to the tower
  • the walled kitchen garden
  • the Ornamental canal
  • the pinetum
  • or consolidating the stable block as a community venue and base for our partners or as a café

improving

  • entrances and develop circuit routes for walking, running and healthy activities
  • car parking facilities

and

  • consolidating Cammo House
  • conserving or bringing into active management all trees, woodlands and hedges and improve biodiversity
  • using management and maintenance regimes to ensure the park achieves Green Flag status
  • developing a programme of events and activities that interests a range of park users and offers volunteer and learning opportunities.

Community engagement events

Thanks to everyone who came to the first round of events that we held on 11, 14 and 16 September.

At the events we

  • informed you about the application
  • gathered ideas on what you do and don’t want to see in the stage 1 bid.
  • found out your favourite walking routes
  • heard your views in questionnaires and surveys carried out by the Cammo Estate friends group.

Before the stage one application is finalised, we will

  • present our findings to the community
  • let you know how the bid will look, based on your feedback
  • give you a chance to comment.

We ran the events with Land Use Consultants (LUC), the appointed landscape consultant.

The next public consultation is scheduled for early November. We will let you know the exact date here.

Residents look at proposals and give their feedback for the Cammo Estate restoration project

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