The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded nearly £100,000 to Worthing’s Highdown Gardens.
Worthing’s gardens at Highdown have received a major boost with the award of Lottery funding.
The Fund has awarded almost £100,000 to the Council to develop a new plan for the gardens future.
The long-term survival plan for the landmark includes action to build a new visitor centre to tell the story of the gardens and its surrounding landscape.
Additionally the funding aims to help develop proposals for community ownership of the gardens through a full volunteer programme.
The gardens are visited by tens of thousands of people every year, and are free to the public.
They are also home to hundreds of rare and exotic plants and trees uniquely grown on chalk soil.
Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Diane Guest, said;
“I’m delighted to hear about the award of HLF Stage One money.
“This money will allow us to develop a plan which will preserve the future of Highdown, its important plant collection and increase enjoyment for the tens of thousands of visitors who enjoy the gardens every year.”