Silloth Green Project
The refurbishment of Silloth Green in 2011 was a major project for the Town Council.
In 2008, a Stage 1 Bid and Conservation and Management Plan to refurbish the Green was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People Programme’ by Southern Green, a landscape design consultancy. The Stage 1 pass was confirmed in April 2009, and following a competitive process, Southern Green were commissioned to Prepare Stage 2 proposals in August 2009.
Heritage Lottery and the Rural development Programme for England (RDPE) Leader Programmes supported a range of restoration and new works throughout The Green in 2011, including:
- Restoration of the iconic Victorian pagoda
- Restoration of the Edwardian ladies’ toilets
- Restoration of the 1950’s rose garden and ornamental shrubberies
- Reinstatement of a putting green
- The development of a new water play area and small events space
- The development of a woodland play area
- Construction of a new accessible toilet block near the new play areas
- Improvements to access and circulation
- Improvements to street furniture
- The conservation of the landmark pine plantations, including improvements to biodiversity
- Introducing interpretation of The Green’s rich history and natural history
- Creation of a new town garden
- Construction of a BMX Track
- Installation of Victorian style lighting
The work was also supported by: E3 Ecology; Hall & Partners; Fiona Green Garden Historian; Mosedale Gillat; Ray Hopper Associates; SINE and BDN.
Cumbria County Council’s ’Economic Development Unit‘ provided a Project Manager, Jason Dixey, who was responsible for liaison with the Town Council, Jane Alexander, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Monitor, and Nick Herepath, HLF North West. In addition, North Allerdale Trust provided administrative assistance to Silloth Town Council.
Additional support and attendance at monthly steering group meetings came from members of Silloth Town Council, Ruby Tiger and the Silloth Regeneration Partnership, Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria (formerly West lakes Renaissance), Allerdale Borough Council and North Allerdale Development Trust.