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Stoke-on-Trent's Burslem Park awarded 2.1m grant

A 19th Century Stoke-on-Trent park has been given a lottery grant of £2.1m to pay for restorations, including that of the original pavilion and its terrace.

Burslem Park was given the money under the Parks for the People scheme.

The grade II-listed park is one of the largest registered Victorian parks in the UK, according to the city council.

The award was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), as part of a £13m package targeting six popular UK parks.

Burslem Park first opened to the public in 1894, and was designed by landscaper Thomas Mawson.

Wildlife walks

The park still retains many of its original 19th Century features, and lies within a priority regeneration area of Burslem.

Access to the park will also be improved, along with heritage and wildlife walks and environmental educational programmes for schools and families.

Katie Foster, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands Committee said: "HLF and BLF are proud to play a key role in supporting such an important part of our regional heritage as Burslem Park."

Robin Belcher, project manager for Burslem Park, added: "I'd like to think that we can now make the park bigger and better and people will come here in even greater numbers than they already do."

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