National Memorial Arboretum voted national treasure

17 November 2014

Monday 17 November 2014

The National Memorial Arboretum has topped a public vote of the favourite places funded by the National Lottery in England over the last 20 years.

The Arboretum received the most votes in the National Treasures survey which asked social media users to choose their favourite from a range of iconic venues, landmarks and facilities that have benefited from Lottery Funding.

Eleven places in England were shortlisted including the Eden Project in Cornwall, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Wembley Stadium in London, the Beamish Museum in County Durham and The Lowry in Manchester.

More than £8 million of Lottery Funding has been awarded to the Arboretum since our official opening in 2001. Most recently this included a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the development of our new visitor centre facilities, the grant will fund both capital and activity costs allowing us to reach new audiences as well provide more for existing ones.

Sarah Montgomery said: “The National Lottery has played a significant role in our development and we’re now truly honoured that the public has chosen us as their favourite place.”

Jackie O’Sullivan, Director at the National Lottery Promotions Unit, said: “The National Treasures survey was a fun way of celebrating these places and recognising the contribution Lottery players make towards them. The National Memorial Arboretum is a very deserving winner.”