Plans to upgrade Worden Park conservatory and duck pond

The conservatory in the formal gardens at Worden Park, Leyland
The conservatory in the formal gardens at Worden Park, Leyland
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The conservatory and green house at Worden Park is set to be replaced next year, at a cost of £150,000.

South Ribble Council has set aside a cash pot for the work the take place in 2016/17, as the feature has become run down over the years.

It has also been subject to vandalism attacks, but the council hopes that by replacing it with a more modern build, it will stand the test of time.

As part of the budget report, work is scheduled for 2015/16 to de-silt the duck pond at Worden Park, which was at the centre of visitors’ criticisms recently as parts of the pond were almost completely dried up.

A refurbishment of the vine house and Walled Garden is also on the cards.

Other plans for the flagship park were initially planned for 2015/16, but have actually already been carried out, such as resurfacing works around the driveway up to the Walled Garden.

Recent works have also involved the area around the Arts and Crafts Centre being resurfaced and opened up to create a community space for gathering and markets, and an extension to the main car park, which is due to open around Easter time.

Phase two of improvements in Farington Park are also planned this year, at a cost of £31,000, which will involve putting the top coating over the new asphalt-type paths, to create a gravel effect.

It follows on from more than £300,000 of investments in previous years to upgrade the play area, create a new footpath and cycleway, and improving the banks around the fishing pond.

Elsewhere in the borough, £200,000 has been set aside for the huge Central Park plan; £50,000 will be put towards improving drainage at Gregson Lane; £45,000 will be spent on improving paths at Withy Grove Park in Bamber Bridge; and path improvements at Todd Lane South in Lostock Hall are also planned.

- For more on South Ribble Council’s budget plans, including schemes for Leyland town centre and a new apprenticeship programme in Leyland, see this week’s four-page special in the Guardian.