Cllr Mike Bennett, the borough council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: “The regeneration of Victoria Park is an ambitious and exciting project that will boost the area’s natural beauty and heritage as well as encouraging people to value, enjoy and care for their local park.”
Cllr Jessamy Blanford, chairman of the council’s design and development of open space task group and deputy mayor of Ashford, said: “It is excellent Ashford has been selected to receive National Lottery funding as it will enable us to maintain and protect the borough’s valuable assets for the benefit of our residents, visitors and future generations.
“Our beautiful Victoria Park adds to the character and history of the borough. This bid will enable us not only to celebrate Ashford’s rich history, but also raise the profile of the park with its Grade II* listed Hubert Fountain, and provide a pleasant and enjoyable place for our residents to visit.”
Jon Shelton of the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership, said: “This is great news. Victoria Park is Ashford’s principal park and this funding should help to improve its landscape quality.
“Hopefully wildlife habitat in Watercress Fields should benefit too.”