Wicksteed Park shows plans for lake restoration project

The Wicksteed Trust is seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major restoration of the lake at Wicksteed Park and the Trust will be holding a small exhibition of its proposals at the Newlands Centre this week.

The project is centered 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.

If the park wins funding, hundreds of tonnes of silt will be removed from the lake and the concrete edges softened and made much more natural. Funding will also be available to support greater community involvement in the park and make a range of new activities happen. The Trust has a vision for Wicksteed Park as a great place for nature activities and wild camping, living history and theatre, community events and arts activities delivered in partnership with local groups and organisations.

Trevor McHugh, who is co-ordinating the bid to the HLF, told us: “It is a very exciting time for Wicksteed and a great opportunity for Kettering. Away from the rides, which everyone knows, Wicksteed Park has over 60 acres of green space and 90 years of providing children’s play, which I’m sure will provide inspiration for a wealth of heritage and environmental projects. Please come along and find out about our plans.”

The plans will be on display at the Newlands Centre in Kettering on Tuesday 15 November, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 during normal shopping hours. Staff will be available to discuss the project and you will have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire.

For further information please contact Trevor McHugh, Fundraiser, at the Wicksteed Trust, Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ. Telephone 01536 512475.

E-mail trevor.mchugh@ntlworld.com.

Posted by: Wicksteed Park Ltd

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