Restoration project

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Cedars Park has been completely revitalised since 2011.

The restoration of Cedars Park has been made possible with a £1.89 million Parks for People grant. Thanks to National Lottery players, Broxbourne Council have been able to transform the park.

As a separate donation, English Heritage kindly supplied £90,000 for the restoration of the 18th century Flint Arch.

What has been achieved?

  • Removing the Theobalds Palace scheduled monument from the Heritage at Risk Register

  • Repairing paths and derelict buildings

  • Improving car parking, café, toilets, and access for less able people

  • Uncovering, educating and showcasing more important history of the site

  • Involving local schools

  • Providing new community space and more events

  • Planting 2,500 trees and improving biodiversity

  • Developing natural play features for families (bocce, turf maze, willow tunnel)

  • Increasing volunteering

The Venusberg mound was added as part of the project.

Key stages

20 March 2007

£50,000 received to support development of Cedars Park required for the first stage of the grant application.


Oxford Archaeology commissioned to carry out an Archaeological Investigation, to assist in creating a Conservation Management Plan.

September 2008

Broxbourne Council applies for the next stage of the grant.

April 2009

£173,000 received to develop the park prior to final stage.

12 October 2011

£1,897,700 received.