Building Plymouth Sound, the UK’s first National Marine Park

Sunrise over Plymouth
Site of the new marine park at Plymouth. Credit: Chris Gorman/Big Ladder Photography

Heritage Grants

Plymouth
Plymouth Sound National Marine Park
£9582100
We are granting £9.5million to support the creation of Plymouth Sound's 'Park in the Sea', helping communities get on, in and under the water.

Plymouth is home to rich heritage, from outstanding marine environments with protected ship wrecks, to once welcoming Charles Darwin back from his voyage across the world. Here, the largest naval base in Europe and fragile sea grass beds co-exist.

Soon, it will include a new destination of international importance – the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, one of our Heritage Horizon Awards.

Restoring two listed buildings, the marine park will have five gateway sites, including

  • a welcome centre
  • more accessible facilities
  • a marine health and wellbeing hub

Connecting people to the ocean

Stand up paddle boarding at Plymouth
Stand-up paddle boarding at Plymouth

A programme of activities will engage the whole city, reaching deep into communities to reconnect residents with their cultural ties to the sea.

The park will completely reimagine how a landscape and its people can work together, through education, volunteering and employment – creating an estimated 464 jobs.

Promoting marine sustainability

Plymouth Sound aims to tackle and improve the consequences of the current climate crisis on the area and its marine life. The development will double the size of sea grass beds, contributing to a target of net zero carbon by 2030. 

This hugely ambitious, exciting project will not only protect and preserve Plymouth Sound but will also create jobs, support the local community and help the area to build back better from the pandemic.

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said: “It's absolutely brilliant to see this investment in Plymouth's heritage. This hugely ambitious, exciting project will not only protect and preserve Plymouth Sound but will also create jobs, support the local community and help the area to build back better from the pandemic.”