Heritage Lottery Fund support awarded to National Botanic Garden
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a pledge of more than £300,000 to develop its plans for the Regency Restoration project in the first stage of a £6.7 million plan to restore historic Regency landscape.
What will be the biggest project in the Garden’s history aims to uncover the origins of Middleton Hall – the 568-acre estate that the Garden now occupies – and to tell the story of more than 250 years of East India Company influence that shaped the landscape of this part of Wales.
The Garden’s Head of Development, Rob Thomas, who is responsible for successfully piloting the funding bid, said that the project would uncover a fascinating story.
“It is an incredible story of pirates, plague and plants for health, and plots a period of 250 years of international trade from the times of barter and exchange to the establishment of international lines of credit and investment banking; the forging of the blueprint for our current capitalist system; and, in the hands of Sir William Paxton, the formation of modern investment banking.”