‘Reinventing Borde Hill’ Project Awarded Heritage Funding

We are delighted to announce the award of a £231,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop the proposals for our ‘Reinventing Borde Hill’ project.

The project aims to connect communities with the restorative power of nature, help local people feel mentally and physically replenished, and inspire future generations through outdoor learning.

Initial support* of £231,000 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help us progress our plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. Our aim is to ‘reinvent’ Borde Hill as a thriving destination for the 21st Century while honouring and celebrating our rich and important botanical history. This will be achieved through a broader appreciation of our Garden’s heritage via learning, engagement and wellbeing activities, and the provision of new facilities in the South Park which will offer a series of educational and community programmes to engage a new and diverse local audience.

Key components of the project:

    • A cycle / pedestrian route creating car-free access from Haywards Heath and its train station for the first time, making us one of the few visitor gardens in Sussex to be accessible with ease via public transport.
    • An all-year-round Eco Lodge on the edge of tranquil Robertsmere Lake serving as a visitor and community hub, with learning and wellbeing spaces, toilets and a café, plus an extensive focus on outdoor learning across Dinosaur Wood to the west of the lake.
    • A Growers Community Garden and Propagation Project will highlight the importance of biodynamic, locally grown produce and good horticultural practice, enabling community groups and individuals to connect with nature.
    • Interpretation exploring the significance of our botanical history, and an established learning and volunteers programme will see initiatives across propagation, growing, outdoor learning and environmental sustainability.
Reinventing Borde Hill - Map
Reinventing Borde Hill - Map of South Park and wider projects.

Commenting on the award, our Director, Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke said, “We’re delighted that we have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. This is a community focused initiative which will see our South Park transformed into an accessible, inclusive space for children and adults of all ages to embrace the restorative power of nature.”

Supporters of the project include:

The RHS, Historic England, Mid Sussex Active, Cambridge Botanic Garden, Dimensions and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Borde Hill South Park

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

*National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds. Reinventing Borde Hill has initially been granted round one development funding of £231,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £1,727,000.

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To find out more about the project as it progresses, or to express your interest in getting involved, please contact us by email: