Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd have begun works as main contractors, at Hirst Park in Ashington, Northumberland. This is as major work begins on a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Parks improvement project. Intended to restore a prestigious Northumberland Park to its Former Glory.
Heritage Lottery “Parks for People” grant funding and Ashington Town Council and Northumberland County Council are backing the project for £2.9m.
Expected to take approximately seven months to complete. It will see new landscaping and formal garden modelled on the original Hirst Park sunken garden lost in the mid-20th Century. Along with a MUGA, Play Area, a Horticultural Training building, footpaths and a water play feature.
Further funding will ensure that the Flower Park is redone and landscaped. Also a new play area and splash pad developed and greenhouses and buildings restored. New Food Circle training facilities for the community will also be created by Brambledown Landscapes. This will then be operated in partnership with Northumberland College
Brambledown Director Paul Curry said:
“This funding will provide a fantastic Park for local residents in Ashington. Brambledown Landscapes are very proud to play such a vital role in the restoration of another Heritage Lottery Funded Park Project”.
This isn’t Brambledown Landscape Services first HLF Park restoration. It follows on from Walker Park in 2016, Barnes Park, Ropner Park and many others over the past 46 years.
“This exciting project will further enhance and protect the park, and its heritage, for the community for the next century. It will enable generations to play, learn and relax in this wonderful space.”