Welcome to the Lydiard Park Friends website

Last update March 2017


The Friends of Lydiard Park is an independent charity dedicated to supporting the conservation and continued enhancement of Lydiard House and Park.

Lydiard Park Heritage Trust is the preferred bidder for managing Lydiard House & Park

Rev Canon Alastair Stevenson, recently appointed Chair of the Friends of Lydiard Park said 

"The Friends of Lydiard Park championed the development of the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust and we are delighted that Swindon Council have chosen them to be the preferred bidder to take on Lydiard House and Park. We have been proud to support the Trust’s bid and to provide both advice and financial assistance at this critical time". 

See the full statement from Lydiard Park Heritage Trust   click here

It was announced on 7th March  that the Swindon Borough Council bid assessment team have recommended to Cabinet that the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust becomes the preferred bidder for taking on the lease of Lydiard Park. As a result of this announcement the Lydiard Park HeritageTrust has issued the following press release:

The trustees of The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust are delighted to see that Swindon Borough Council cabinet members have been recommended to give preferred bidder status to our community backed Trust.
We have respected the Council's process throughout and recognise that the decision itself will be taken at the cabinet meeting next Wednesday, March 15th.

Dave Woods, presenter of The Weekend WakeUp on Swindon 105 interviewed Mike Bowden about the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust bid:                                Click here to listen to the broadcast of 11th March 2017.
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust Chair, Mike Bowden said on 7th March “The Trustees continue to meet regularly to prepare for the next chapter for Lydiard House and Park. We are pleased to have convinced the bid assessment team as to the merits of our vision for Lydiard and we look forward to the cabinet meeting when the formal decision is to be made”.

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Still to come:

This year's AGM is to be on 6th May

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