Come and help with park’s restoration

Derek Warne of Landscape Engineering Ltd at work in the new rose garden
Derek Warne of Landscape Engineering Ltd at work in the new rose garden

COME and help 
restore your 
Memorial Park.

That is the message from Wyre Council urging local people to get involved in a project to give the park a new lease of life.

Following the council’s successful initial application for Lottery funding to restore the park, there are now a number of volunteering opportunities available to help take the project forward.

A meeting is being held this Friday – September 21 – at 10.30am at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, to discuss the type of roles available and anybody interested in finding out more is encouraged to attend.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for parks said: “We want local people to play a big part in shaping this fantastic project to restore the Memorial Park to its former glory.

“The park has been a well-used, much-loved amenity in Fleetwood for almost 100 years and is an important part of the town’s heritage.

“This is a real opportunity for residents to get involved in conserving such a special place for future generations to enjoy as we all have.”

In July, Wyre Council received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to undertake a complete restoration of the Grade II-listed Memorial Park.

Development funding of £102,600 has also been awarded to help the council progress its plans to apply for a full grant early next year.

As the application progresses, the council is looking for help with research into a range of themes connected to the park that will celebrate its heritage and the unique history of Fleetwood.

This will include:

n Finding out about the children who planted the original trees;

n Researching the stories of those commemorated on the War Memorial;

n Discovering more about the town’s maritime history;

n Learning more about the man who designed the park, renowned town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie; and

n Looking at the ecology of the park.

Volunteers will work with children, young people and veterans and record their findings.

Friends of Fleetwood Memorial Park spokeswoman Michelle Hargreaves said the group was keen to get stuck into the project.

She added: “We are keen to get involved, particularly with the research side of the park. I have already uncovered much of the park’s history but it will be great to get youngsters involved in researching the names of the soldiers remembered on the war memorial.

“We need to get lots of people involved to get our heritage on the map.”

There will be opportunities to visit and learn about other memorial parks and gardens and view more work by the sculptor who made the park’s War Memorial. If successful at the second stage of application, the project would see essential conservation work carried out at the park and a greater range of sports and play facilities.