Victoria Park, St Helens: back to the future!
Victoria Park is managed by St. Helens Council and – in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Friends of Victoria Park, and Age UK Mid Mersey – The Park is undergoing a major £4+ million facelift, in order to restore its former glory and create exciting new facilities.
Part of the planned works included restoration to the main pond and surrounding area, the first step was to drain and desilt the pond, overtime it had lost its capacity due to heavy silting. Next new stone walls were built all-around the lakes banks, and the surrounding slopes were landscaped to provide grassed areas leading up to the water’s edge. Stone pathways were installed, and original features were in reinstalled on monuments along its surrounding walkways.
To create instant marginal vegetation, preplanted coir rolls were installed to four difference areas around the ponds edge, good quality top soil was prepared as bedding for the installation of the well-established coir rolls. The rolls were laid on a single row of hazel brushwood faggots to raise the level to the correct water mark. The inclusion of the coir rolls provided an immediate habitat for the established wildlife and birds. Further water quality measures were made by the installation of submerged plants, water milfoil, curly pondweed, fringed water Lilly, were planted around the fringes of the water, which in time will develop floating leaves.
The scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is due to be completed Spring 2014.