Creating a park for Faversham to be proud of

Located in the heart of Faversham and already enjoyed on a daily basis by many in the local community, Faversham Recreation Ground is set to get even better.

Established over 150 years ago, the 20-acre site is one of Swale’s most significant heritage parks. Our project to restore historical features and improve facilities is part of the Parks for People improvement project.

Parks for People is a joint Heritage Fund and Big Lottery Fund programme which aims to protect and enhance historic parks, helping to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy these important public open spaces.

The Heritage Fund announced in July 2018 that the project had been awarded £1.6m for an ambitious, heritage-led, regeneration scheme of more than £1.9m that will restore many of the park’s historic features, and improvements to facilities.

The aim of the project at Faversham Recreation Ground is to ensure that this heritage is protected and that people have more opportunities to visit, understand and be involved with the park and learn about its history. Improvement works will create a park local people can be proud of whilst breathing new life into well used historic buildings. Improvements and activities include:

  • Refurbishment of listed features (including the former Gardeners Lodge and Loggias) as well as the main changing pavilion.
  • Restoration of original wrought iron gates and boundary fencing.
  • Reinstatement of areas of historical planting and paths.

Working with Swale Borough Council, the Heritage FundWynne-Williams Associates and Purcell, this project will make sure the park continues to be enjoyed for generations to come.