Llanthony Secunda Priory awarded flagship grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust

 

Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust is delighted to announce a major link with the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust which is providing Flagship Project funding of £250,000 to help the Llanthony Re-formation Project – to revitalise a site of truly unique historical importance situated right in the heart of Gloucester.

The Flagship Grant will provide matched funding to the Heritage Lottery Grant of £3,194,400 awarded to the Trust in March 2016, and will be used to enhance the landscape element of the work. It will create a vibrant usable green space with opportunities for all to learn about the history of the priory and for the local community to participate in a wide range of activities.

Work has already started on site, with the major groundworks associated with landscape and drainage. The capital works are due for completion in summer 2018.

Expressing his thanks, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jeremy Williamson said: “The support from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for our Project is wonderful and helps us to realise our plans for the future of this unique site in Gloucester”.

MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham offered his congratulations to both parties: “The agreement between the Trust and GET on the matched funding for the Heritage Lottery Fund grant means that Llanthony Secunda will now definitely be brought back to life. This is exciting for Gloucestershire College, for our city, shoppers at Gloucester Quays and all Heritage enthusiasts. A wonderful way to start the year – congratulations to the volunteer trustees and the GET.”

Speaking on behalf of the Gloucester Environmental Trust, Chair of Trustees, Professor Stephen Owen said: ” The project had taken a long time to reach fruition, and its implementation will now help to reverse decades of neglect that has blighted this part of Gloucester. The new vehicular and footpath access, the conservation of the buildings and provision of a quality landscaped setting for this important historic site, will provide the opportunity for bringing back new life into this part of the Docks and Gloucestershire College.”

Gloucester Environmental Trust have also offered a welcome contribution of £25,000 towards the costs of the proposed revised vehicular access.