The Cobham Park Heritage Project aims to reverse the many years of decline, vandalism and abuse that occurred to one of Kent’s great estates. Phase 1 of the project is now approaching completion, with restoration of:
– the Darnley Mausoleum
– garden structures in the grounds of Cobham Hall
– the Repton designed Pleasure Grounds around the Hall
– the wood pasture and historic landscape structure of Cobham Wood
In addition to the restoration of nationally important heritage assets, the project is also providing new opportunities for recreation, countryside access and education. Phase 1 of the Cobham Park Heritage Project is grant aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Communities and Local Government, English Heritage, and Union Railways. It is run by the Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme, a partnership launched in 1997 to undertake a programme of projects to conserve and enhance historic, nature conservation, and landscape interests within the Historic Cobham Park and Ashenbank Wood area.
Phase 1 of the Cobham Park Heritage Project was substantially completed in 2007, with remaining works planned to complete in early 2008. Funding for Phase 2 and the ultimate completion of the Project was awarded in September 2007 by the Department of Communties and Local Government. These works will include the restoration of internal decorative features in the Darnley Mausoleum, the repair and conversion of a barn at South Lodge to provide limited visitor facilities and staff accommodation, as well as further works to the historic landscapes of Cobham Park including access improvements. It is expected that Phase 2 will be completed in 2008/2009. On completion of the repairs to the Darnley Mausoleum the National Trust will take up ownership of the mausoleum and the surrounding 200 acres of Cobham Wood, and will provide the resources necessary for their long term