Stage One (pre-2015)
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust was awarded a "Stage One" pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a significant project for Cockington Village and Country Park, which forms one of Torbay's most important tourist attractions and community facilities.
At Round One the Trust received a grant of £42,000 from the HLF which was matched by Torbay Council. This money was spent partly on architects, structural engineers and other specialist consultants to ensure the works undertaken were of a high quality and sensitive to the heritage of Cockington.
The rest of the money funded an Access Officer and the costs of consulting local people and visitors on the proposals, and liaising with communities in Torbay about how they use Cockington, and a long-term activity programme. All of this work was then fed into the Round Two application, at the end of 2014.
Stage Two (2015 onwards)
Having successfully completed the Round one criteria, the Trust have moved onto Round Two: delivering the main repair work on the buildings and the Lakes.
This work, and a 3-year programme of activities to engage new audiences, will cost an estimated £1.45m, with a grant of just under £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Some of the balance has been made up from grants from charitable trusts, funds from the Council/TDA and community fundraising. The remaining money required to complete the project still needs to be raised.
The project's overall aim is to get the "green heart" of Cockington beating again by:
- repairing and making use of key buildings in the village centre
- improving the visitor experience of the Country Park
- deepening visitors' learning about and appreciation of its landscapes and heritage
- opening up the Park's arteries to make it more accessible to a wider audience
- realising its potential to regenerate Torbay's tourism economy
Alongside this programme we will restore three of our highest priority heritage assets and put them to dynamic new uses:
repair and convert The Gamekeeper's Cottage to create accommodation for five Trainees, who will help maintain and interpret the Country Park - NEAR COMPLETION
We are working closely with our partners the Torbay Development Agency, who now operate Cockington Court, and with Torbay Council.