Lancashire garden wins lottery money for 'holisitic' project

An historic pavilion is to be rebuilt in a Lancashire garden thanks to lottery funding.

Ashton Gardens has won almost £1.5m to smarten landscape, move and rebuild a historic pavilion and take on a head gardener. The Heritage Lottery Fund cash for the gardens in St Annes, Lancashire, will pay for the relocation and restoration of a colonial-style tennis pavilion. The £2m project will include lighting and signs, additions to the play area, restoration of the main gates and the repointing and floodlighting of a war memorial. “It’s a holistic project with something for everyone, including feature lighting and a stone courtyard,” said parks manager Darren Bell. “We are creating a ‘wow’ factor and a historical milestone that will form the biggest change to the park since its 19th-century heyday. “Anything that has a negative impact — such as the 1950s-built café — will be removed.” Consultancy Scott Wilson drew up a historic restoration plan and Fylde Borough Council is looking for detailed designers for the three-year project, due to start next year.

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