Work continues on £4 million upgrade for Victoria Park

St Helens Star: Work is well underway on the orangery at Victoria Park Work is well underway on the orangery at Victoria Park

WORK is continuing on the £4 million remodelling of Victoria Park.

Heritage Lottery Fund money has enabled ongoing refurbishment aimed at returning the park and the orangery adjoining the grand Mansion House to their former glory.

Built in 1850 for solicitor, John Andsell, the Mansion House is now owned and managed by Age UK Mid Mersey and serves the community being licensed for weddings, banquets and special events.

The orangery is expected to be completed by next Spring and the intention is to maximise its use by the community, especially focusing on people with dementia.

Finances to cover the cost of the building work on the orangery were boosted by donations from The Big Give which saw donations matched to double their value.

The park’s Mansion House and orangery are now home to Age UK Mid-Mersey, whose chief executive Mark Lunney said: “The exciting development of Victoria Park offers magnificent improvements for the community to enjoy. We are proud to be the custodians.

“We are very lucky to be able to work in such pleasing surroundings and enjoy such terrific views of natural beauty. I would encourage people to visit the park and see its wonderful transition.”

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2:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

trajan says...

Used to love walking through there when I was a kid looking at the "to me" giant cactuses.
Used to love walking through there when I was a kid looking at the "to me" giant cactuses. trajan

2:08pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Leeroy says...

'Work continues on £4 upgrade for Victoria Park' ......£4 ??? Although the headline should read £4 million , im sure the council will make it llok like a £4 job. I really hope this turns out well though , so sad to see the state of our parks.
'Work continues on £4 upgrade for Victoria Park' ......£4 ??? Although the headline should read £4 million , im sure the council will make it llok like a £4 job. I really hope this turns out well though , so sad to see the state of our parks. Leeroy

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