We are pleased to announce the success of the Lottery bid! Find out more information here
The Park is registered Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
What is the Lakes Restoration Project?
The Wicksteed Trust is seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project centred on the restoration of the Main Lake at Wicksteed Park with the intention of placing it at the heart of our environmental, community and educational agenda. Lack of funding has prevented the Lake from reaching its full potential as an environmental and learning resource for the local community and the large number of visitors who use the Park.
The intention is to restore it to its former glory as the focal point of the Park. Current problems affecting the heritage and wildlife value of the Lake will be resolved and new habitats created. There is a huge opportunity to encourage a broader range of flora and fauna in and near the Lake area. A new Greenway Route will provide improved access, especially for the disabled. We will develop a wider range of partnership working for the site and the volunteering programme will be expanded. Management of the heritage will be substantially improved and training in new skills provided.
The Lake will be Dredged – removing
accumulated silt and reducing the blanket
weed growth. Water quality will be vastly
improved and new natural areas will be
New Habitats will be Created for Wildlife
including habitats for amphibians, bats and
reptiles; wildflower meadows and new tree
is to celebrate the unique contribution of Charles Wicksteed and lead the way in adventurous, educational and imaginative play in an outstanding heritage parkland setting thereby making future generations healthier and happier for another 100 years
"We will care for this much loved park, guided by the needs of its distinctive heritage and will continue the founder's ethos of providing opportunities for wide-ranging healthy, adventurous recreation and fun in a freely accessible rich natural environment which demonstrates Charles Wicksteed's love of nature and animals. We will work with partners in the community to provide new opportunities for learning , volunteering and activities in the park which will contribute to its long-term sustainable conservation and aid understanding of the site's special qualities"
Oliver Wicksteed, Chairman of the Trustees, said "We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the unique character of Wicksteed and has invited a Second Round bid for our project. Our intention is that Wicksteed Park will become as well-known for its natural environment and educational work as for its role as a family playground; helping to maintain the vision of Charles Wicksteed. We will be placing a strong emphasis on engaging the local community in our project".
You've already told us how much you like our proposals!
A small Exhibition of the Trust's proposals for the Lakes Restoration Project was held at the Newlands Shopping Centre in November 2011. It is estimated that about 500 people attended the exhibition and a total of 230 questionnaires was completed. 96% of visitors supported the overall concept of the Restoration Project. Nine separate proposals which currently form part of the Project were listed and visitors were asked which of these they particularly supported (they could indicate support for as many as they wished to). Over half of the visitors (121) ticked all 9 boxes. Support was particularly strong for:-
- Desilting the Lake and updating the water control features
- A new surfaced "Greenway" round the Lake (improving access for the disabled, etc)
- New wildlife habitats (wildflower meadows, reed beds, kingfisher and bat boxes)
- Restoration of the "Round House" as a focus for educational and other activities
Restoring the Round House– this will become a base for educational, arts and family activities. New lawns will be created where people can enjoy performances or take part in activities.
Water Play – a large shallow beach area will be created so that visitors can land to explore the wilder areas of the Park. We also want to open up the Lake for paddling at the beach and possibly other areas
A Greenway Walk will be Created - this will ensure that people of all age groups and abilities will benefit from year-round access to the Lake with spectacular views of the Lake and the wider park area.
Keep Yourself updated – and think about working as a volunteer at the Park. The result of our bid to the Heritage Lottery fund will be announced in June. If we are successful we will be inviting local organisations and individuals to register an interest in working with us as volunteers (many already have!) - probably as part of a Friends of Wicksteed group. So keep yourself updated by regularly checking this site in the next few months.
Details of the Heritage Lottery Fund can be found at www.hlf.org.uk.