Victoria Park - Restoration Updates

    The Heritage Lottery funded project in Victoria Park is well under way, here are some pictures to show the progress so far.


    Photo courtesy of Stafford Aerial Photography - Victoria Park flood, 27 October

    The Park suffered extensive flooding across the last weekend of October as the River Sow rose very quickly. The water covered the Bowling Green and filled the Sport Bowl in the Play Area. Fortunately the river levels went down as quickly as they rose and left very little damage. Unfortunately the Play Area had to remain closed over half term week, so that the equipment could be thoroughly cleaned and the sand replaced.


    The installation of the new café structure has been slightly delayed by all the water but this should not affect the overall timescale of the work.


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    The Bandstand roof needed some new timbers


    Restoration work has continued on the Bandstand, including new timber work to the roof. 


    A new floor has been laid in the thatched toilet block, which will include a new office space.

    The original windows have been upcycled and re-used, with work on the walls and interior now underway. The new training and education centre is also taking shape with a new roof, doors and windows in place, work will start on the interior very soon.


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    Clear view from the War Memorial and the Mottram Shelter to the Bandstand


    Work has begun to clear the area between the Mottram Shelter and the bandstand to create the new events space. Some trees have been removed but will be replaced with improved planting, particularly along the Station Road boundary, which will upgrade the tree stock as a whole across the park. Selected offcuts of timber have been saved and stored to be re-used and recycled as part of the community art and crafts project.


    Our Community Engagement & Events Officer is starting to form a plan of activities and events once the park re-opens.


    We are also looking for volunteers to help enable us to deliver all our exciting ideas.

    If you would like to be involved in any way please get in touch:


    Tel:  01785 619000



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