St Helens Soroptimists join in Victoria Park restoration

St Helens Star: An artist's image of the Victoria Park restoration An artist's image of the Victoria Park restoration

MEMBERS of St Helens Soroptimists dug in to assist with the £4 million restoration of Victoria Park.

They joined young people from MPH Training and pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School to plant trees at the park.

The project has seen 99 old or diseased trees cut down to be replaced with 100 mature trees and hundreds of smaller ones.

Sue Black, of St Helens Soroptimists, said: “We were asked to be involved in the restoration work as we hold our meetings at Mansion House, which is in the park. We had five members who helped out on the day.

“We have always felt part of the Victoria Park setting and are so glad to be involved, even if it is only in planting bulbs and the formation of the rockery.

“It’s great to be involved in such fun and pleasurable activities such as this one.”

So far a new pond, rose garden and folly have been completed. Path work continues, with a trim trail set to run round the park’s perimeter.

Work has also begun on two new tennis courts and on the bandstand and community garden.

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due for completion in the spring.


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