£4m grant to Huddersfield Park

Huddersfield park wins HLF cash

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has granted £4 million for restoration of Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park. The stage-one grant of £3,753,000 and a development grant of £228,500 will help finance the restoration of the Grade II-registered park, including the ornamental lake, Japanese-style bandstand and the Italian garden’s fountain. The war memorial will also be restored, and the graffiti-resistant paint and fencing removed so that its original façade can be revealed. The perimeter iron railings and gates will be re-instated and, with better paths and lighting, this will improve the safety of the park. Kirklees Metropolitan Council parks development officer Robert Whittaker said work will go out to tender in October 2006. L Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire, has submitted a £2 million HLF bid to restore Ashton Gardens. Supporters of Ashton Gardens’ chairman Fred Moor said the plan should be about horticultural excellence and not entertainment.

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