Vandals attack Worden Park

Damage at Worden Park conservatory
Damage at Worden Park conservatory
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Worden Park has been dealt a major blow in the same week it was announced £135,000 will be used to spruce it up.

More than £300,000 is being spent on improvement works at two of Leyland’s much-loved parks, but, on the night the announcement was made at a council cabinet meeting, a group of vandals attacked the town’s flagship park.

Worden Park and Farington Park are both getting major cash boosts from South Ribble Council again this year, after the children’s play areas were refurbished recently.

But thugs have damaged the historic conservatory in Worden Park’s formal gardens, causing £1,500 worth of damage to the glass roof.

Police said youths climbed on the conservatory roof and broke five windows and frames last Wednesday evening.

A spokesman said: “We got a call from a member of the public at around 7.15pm reporting they could hear youths on the roof of the greenhouse and the sound of breaking glass.

“Officers attended the scene and an investigation has been launched.”

The award-winning park has been subjected to more mindless vandalism over the last few weeks, including somebody breaking the bollards at the main entrance on Worden Lane, and people kicking the heads off flowers in the gardens.

The conservatory, which is now used as a greenhouse and is not open to the public, has been there for around 150 years, and was part of the old Worden Hall before that burnt down in the 1940s.

Council leader Margaret Smith said: “As usual it’s a case of a mindless few spoiling things for the vast majority of visitors who simply want to enjoy what Worden Park has to offer.

“Five panels of the conservatory roof were broken, and repairs will be more expensive because the frame was also damaged.

“Flowers in the area were destroyed and hedges were trampled, which we believe happened at the same time.”

She added: “Most of the vandalism committed at the park takes place after dark, and while the police are tremendously supportive, they can’t be everywhere all of the time.

“As the nights are getting lighter we expect to have fewer selfish acts like this to deal with.”

The repair work will be carried out as soon as possible and the money used will not come out of the cash pot for future improvements.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian