Masterplan to preserve Worden Park

Worden Park, Leyland
Worden Park, Leyland

A masterplan has been drawn up to preserve the “jewel in South Ribble’s crown” for future generations.

A review into Leyland’s Worden Park has found a “long term vision and action plan” is needed for the attraction, which brings in around 250,000 visitors per year.

Recommendations have now been made which could see bringing more people into Worden Arts and Crafts Centre, dedicating council officers and councillors to managing the park and holding regular meetings with visitors on ways to improve.

The findings were made by South Ribble Council’s scrutiny committee and were brought before all councillors last week.

It was recently revealed charity The Shaw Trust will relocate to the Derby Wing of Worden Hall, a move that will bring in around £60,000 of funding. Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, said: “This is the very first stages of everything, and a lot of these things have been taken on already.

“A lot of work is currently going on with the footpaths and the Shaw Trust will be moving in, which I think will be a very good thing for both of us.

“You have to plan and the investment goes on all the time with somewhere like Worden Park.

“It’s like the Forth Bridge, you just have to keep at it. It’s a rolling programme and we invest in it all the time.”

The park has been handed the prestigious Green Flag Award 16 times, once every year since the scheme began in 1997.

Coun Smith said: “It’s a big park that gets a lot of use and it needs a lot of attention. That’s all part of the job.”