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Cash boost for historic Walthamstow Park

Lloyd and Aveling Park in Walthamstow
Lloyd & Aveling Park is one of three in the UK who will share a 9.3m grant

Historic Lloyd and Aveling Park in Walthamstow is to be given a major revamp, courtesy of a £3.48 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

New facilities will include a gallery, skate park, gardens and community spaces.

Wesley Kerr, Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund's London Committee, said:

"This much-loved local park had become overwhelmed with bitty accretions over the years.

"These bold development plans will enhance all the existing amenities but also restore the amazing medieval moat and island, create a series of well-maintained and themed garden areas and reconnect the historic country mansion, which was William Morris's childhood home, with its historic landscape."

The historic park

Lloyd and Aveling Park in Walthamstow
The park in sunnier times

Lloyd Park was opened in 1900 and Aveling Park followed in 1912. Together they provide 12 acres of park space for the visitors and residents of Walthamstow.

Once home to artist William Morris and newspaper publisher Frank Lloyd, the park is visited by over one million people every year.

One of the park's landmark features is a medieval moat and island with an original set of entrance piers and gates.

The grant will be used to restore the park's historic features and enhance the wildlife habitat.

Councillor Geraldine Reardon, Waltham Forest Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture, said:

"Lloyd and Aveling Park provides a great place for rest, relaxation and recreation for Waltham Forest residents, and we will be making some impressive changes to ensure it is an even more popular destination for generations to come.

"With a new gallery, café, skatepark, bowling green, children's play area, and a garden that will pay homage to the work of the great William Morris, we hope to give something more to the park's many visitors and encourage even more to come and use this wonderful park."

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