Rediscovering a fascinating history, reconnecting a great lost landscape and revitalising community interest, the Deepdene Trail project is an exciting opportunity for all involved.
The Deepdene Trail project is led by Mole Valley District Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery fund in partnership with The Mausolea & Monuments Trust, Dorking Museum, Kuoni Travel, Dorking Golf Club, Surrey Wildlife Trust and, owner of Betchworth Castle, Martin Higgins.
In March 2015 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Hope Springs Eternal: the Deepdene Trail project £1 million to repair key architectural and landscape features and relink the fragmented parcels of land of the historic Deepdene Estate with the new Deepdene Trail. The Trail is due to open to the public in September 2016.
The project will run until September 2017 and engage the local community through a number of activities as well as deliver a dedicated website, Virtual Tour and App.
This blog will track the behind the scenes progress of the transformation of the landscape and architectural features along the trail as well as the on site events and community activities. In addition we will follow the everyday hard work by the Friends of Deepdene, volunteers who have been caring for the site since 2011.
A new project website will be launched in 2016 but for now you can find out more at the Mole Valley District Council website.