Public criticism sparks management plan for Carlisle's Rickerby Park

Carlisle's Rickerby Park is to be restored to its former glory over the next five years.

Carlisle City Council has drawn up a management plan to make  improvements to Rickerby Park, including native tree planting, and measures to stop off-road driving in the park.

The plan is a response to public criticism of the condition of the park and will be discussed at an executive meeting this evening (26 October).

A petition with 60 signatures is also being submitted to the council's executive committee calling for improvements to paths, and stricter rules on damage caused to the park when it hosts the Cumberland Show.

Specific ideas in the management plan include:

  • Measures to prevent unauthorised off-road driving
  • Restoring roadside verges and making good potholes and crumbling surfaces
  • Repairing the fence and landscaping around the memorial
  • Markings in car parks and improvements to footpath
  • Removing clutter from park entrances, erecting signs and information boards
  • Extra litter bins and more visits from council staff and volunteers to pick litter
  • Using live vegetation as a defence against riverbank erosion
  • Measures to protect wildlife and rare plants and to educate park users about them
  • Planting native trees

The park was purchased just after the First World War as a memorial to the fallen, with contributions from the public and Carlisle Corporation. The Cumberland Show moved there in 1992.

The council hopes the plan will help Rickerby Park achieve a Green Flag in the future.

 

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