The money from the European Regional Development Fund will be invested in the Cathedral Gardens scheme, which aims to transform the area around Leicester Cathedral into picturesque public gardens – at a cost of £2.5 million.
Once finished, the Cathedral Gardens are expected to be used as an occasional outdoor venue with enough space for up to 800 people.
They will include gardens planted with trees and flowers, as well as lawns, seating and a water feature. The statue of Richard III will be moved to the new gardens from Castle Gardens.
Dean of Leicester David Monteith said:
“We have long wished to provide a fitting setting for the cathedral of this city and county and it’s especially fitting that we can now expect to have this work completed in time to mark the re-interment of King Richard III.”
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby added: “Cathedral Gardens is a really important project for the city and the European award is a clear endorsement of that.”
The city council will cover £950,000 of the costs, while Leicester County Council has pledged to contribute £250,000.
The remaining £300,000 has been raised by the cathedral itself.
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