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Sheffield Botanical Gardens is the only Botanical Gardens in the country to have undertaken a complete restoration. The work was finished in November 2005, at a cost of approximately £6.69 million.

The project was designed to achieve the repair, restoration and regeneration of the both the Gardens and associated buildings and features. A strategy was adopted to restore the Gardens to their late 19th century condition, reconstructing the spirit of the layout of that period, with its design intention, whilst at the same time adapting to modern requirements. The aim of the project was to continue to provide free access, to develop and promote the role of the Gardens as a "flagship" of horticultural excellence and education at local, regional and national levels and to reinvest any income generated back into the project as part of the future Business Plan.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced its Urban Parks Programme in January 1996. Soon afterwards, an organisation known as the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Partnership was formed to produce a bid for the Gardens. The Gardens were awarded a grant of £5.06 million, which was to be matched by £1.22 million raised locally and £0.41 million of work in kind. Sheffield Botanical Gardens are the only public open space in the country where the voluntary sector has raised more than £1 million in matched funding.

The Gardens’ staff and FOBS volunteers continue to develop the plantings throughout the Gardens. In the future, additional projects will be undertaken to further enhance the Gardens as a centre of horticultural excellence.



Restoration Partnership: Sheffield Town Trust |  Sheffield City Council |  University of Sheffield  
Friends of the Botanical Gardens |  Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust  

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