Ellesmere, a country park in Shropshire featuring a lake dating back to the Ice Age, has moved a step closer to being redeveloped following the appointment of environmental consultants Golder Associates.
The North Yorkshire-based firm has been awarded the landscape architecture contract by Shropshire County Council’s Mere at Ellesmere Heritage Project to help it develop a stage-two Parks for People lottery application.
Landscape architect at Golder, Rebecca Nicholas said: “It’s an exciting project because there are so many interesting aspects to the park. We are looking at using common palettes of hard and soft landscape elements throughout each area to unify the park — but at the same time, using these palettes in various ways to reflect the special sense of place of each area.”
The park dates back 12,000 years to when the lake, or mere, was formed by a glacier. Areas around the lake are havens for birds and other wildlife. Other parts of the park were landscaped in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The project aims to enhance -visitors’ experience by improving walkways, entrances, footpaths, terraces and restaurants.
The council is collaborating with Golder and its advisers on architectural, landscape and horticultural designs that are due to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund this summer.
If the bid is successful, the council will secure £1m of funding, with work beginning as early as this year.
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