A project to restore Bowring Park in Huyton has received a major funding boost.
A successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund will bring almost £2 million to a major project to restore the historic park near the M62 at Roby.
The Bowring Park Restoration Project bid was spearheaded by Knowsley Council in partnership with The Friends of Bowring Park and site leaseholders Mack Trading Ltd.
An initial grant of £108,000 helped kick-start the project, funding a conservation plan, feasibility studies, an archaeological survey, as well as a consultation seeking the views of locals on the planned works. Now the project has now secured a grant of £1,848,500, thanks to National Lottery players.
The latest funding boost will form part of a £2.6 million programme of improvements to the park’s visitor facilities and restoring the walled and sunken gardens. Work is expected to get underway in summer 2017.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Bowring Park has a wealth of historic features, including buildings, trees and gardens, but these need investment to preserve the park for future generations and enable it to attract local residents and visitors from further afield.
“Bowring Park is an important, historical landmark in Knowsley, so we are delighted to have been awarded this funding which will help us restore and protect the park for many generations to come.”
The funding for Bowring Park comes as part of an announcement of £30.7million for 16 parks across the UK.
HLF’s Chair Sir Peter Luff, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “It’s clear that our parks are important to us in countless ways – from physical and mental wellbeing to a connection with nature and our heritage. It’s also clear however that public parks must work in new ways to respond to the funding challenges they face and this investment, thanks to National Lottery players, will help them to do this.
We’re delighted to announce this funding today, especially in time for the tenth Love Parks Week, and look forward to a bright future for these parks.”
Bowring Park originates from the Georgian Roby Hall Estate, gifted in 1906 by Alderman WB Bowring as one of the first municipal parks in the UK. The site retains a rich heritage of buildings, gardens, trees and landscape features dating back to this period.
Friends of Bowring Park Members
FOBP Committee of Trustees will be announcing a date within the next couple of weeks for all to meet and we will discuss the various ways all can get involved in helping out and moving forwards with the restoration of Bowring Park. New members always welcome www.bowringpark.co.uk