Canons Conservation

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Merton Council has been awarded almost £4m in earmarked funding to completely rejuvenate the Canons in Mitcham.

Dating back to 1681, the Canons is in a Conservation Area and includes three listed buildings. Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, the council has been awarded the grant which will restore the house and grounds and fund a host of cultural and educational activities.

As part of the funding, Canons House and Madeira Hall will be restored to host events, sports activities as well as providing community facilities and a new café. The cinder running track where Dorothy Tyler, silver medallist at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, trained will be repaired for informal use by joggers and young cyclists learning to ride. A sensory garden, new wildlife pond and natural play area will also be created and the park will host food production, composting and rainwater harvesting.

£314,800 has initially been awarded to help develop the project over the coming months. The council and members of the community will then put together a detailed bid to unlock the full grant amount which will be submitted to the HLF and Big Lottery Fund in 2016. Residents will have the opportunity to put their ideas and suggestions forward through a public consultation and surveys as well as community events which will be taking place to show what the project will be offering to both local people and visitors.

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