Heritage Lottery Bid Application

Engraving of Stover Lodge, T. Bonnor publ. by R Polwhele 1773.
Engraving of Stover Lodge, T. Bonnor publ. by R Polwhele 1773.

Heritage Lottery Bid

Stover Park is one of Devon’s most accessible and popular heritage sites, a Grade II historic park and fine example of a late eighteenth century designed landscape, with almost all original features surviving and including two Grade II* listed buildings. Much of the park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest including a large lake that is the best example of its type in SW England, together with important lowland heath and an assemblage of rare invertebrate, mammal and bird species.

Our plans are: to remove the toxic silt from the lake; stabilise and make safe all listed buildings including the Souterrain Stables and the Ionic Temple and open them to the public for the first time; reveal the Granite Gatehouse; recreate the Ornamental Canal; fell trees to open up historic views; create new access circuits and improve accessibility for all; provide new interpretation in the landscape and features to attract people; extend the Discovery Centre to house a new café and better exhibition space; extend the car park; improve facilities for volunteers and estate management; expand our staff team and develop more events and a wider variety; work with partner organisations to reach and attract targeted groups from priority audiences in Devon; recruit and train more volunteers and for a wider range of roles; improve learning materials for schools; offer work placements and an apprenticeship; create a Friends of Stover Park group; improve our online presence and accessibility; and develop a new Conservation Plan for the long term.

We have created a promotional video to portray what we aim to achieve if we are successful in our bid.