Liverpool seeks approval for Victorian park renewal

City council expecting go ahead for £5 million regeneration.

A £5 million regeneration of an historic park is expected to receive approval by spring. Liverpool City Council has already won a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to prepare detailed plans for Sefton Park. These are to be submitted by the end of the year. LDA Design is the consultant preparing the bid. An Anglo-French team built the Grade II registered park in 1867. A watercourse through the park starts at an ornamental grotto and winds down through a series of cascades to a boating lake. Contractors will unblock the cascades and dredge the lakes. Plans also include removing trees that have self seeded, reinstating historic shrubs and trees, refurbishing the bowls pavilion, replacing the boat shed and renewing the tea room. Project landscape architect William Wheeler said: “We want to discuss with friends’ groups, our clients and local people how all these structures should be used. There is no point in doing the work if it cannot be maintained.”

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