Public’s chance to have their say on park gardens

Coun Mike Otter (centre) with residents John Duckworth and Lynda Dilworth in Farington Park, which is to be revamped
Coun Mike Otter (centre) with residents John Duckworth and Lynda Dilworth in Farington Park, which is to be revamped

Plans are being drawn up to transform an entrance to Farington Park.

People are invited to a public consultation event this week, to view five versions of the plans to spruce up the Bashall Grove end of the park.

The project, spearheaded by Coun Mike Otter, will hopefully see the site get commemoration plaques for First World War soldiers from Farington, as well as more planting.

Coun Otter said: “We want to create a formal garden at the entrance, and the two plaques will be at the heart of that.

“The formal garden is really the main anchor behind a three-year project to improve the park.

“We’ve already done some bulb planting of bluebells and daffodils, and we want to continue that towards the fishing lodges to add a bit of colour.

“We also want to create a wild flower area to make the site more attractive, and just really enhance what we already have here.”

Farington historian Joan Langford has already compiled a list of names to be included on the war plaques, and has even gathered enough material to write a book about Farington and the First World War.

Her eighth book will be called Lest We Forget and will start by commemorating the Farington soldiers.

There will also be other articles linked to the First World War, including the last letter sent home by a Farington


Joan has already been working on the book for a couple of months and hopes it will be published in spring 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

Coun Otter also hopes the gardens can be developed throughout next year, and says this week’s consultation is the first step.

“We have a few different designs of how the garden could look,” he said. “We think it’s going to cost around £15,000 for everything, but before we bid for funding, we want to ask the public what they think about the ideas.”

The five designs will be on display this Friday, December 6, from 2pm until 7pm at the Farington Conservative Club on Stanifield Lane, for people to have their say and choose from one of the five designs.