Wyre Council has received initial support from the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds to continue restoring The Mount Pavilion and Gardens in Fleetwood.
This means that we can develop a proposal to restore the landward side of the Grade II registered gardens, following restoration of the seaward side last year.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced that initial funding of £142,900 has been awarded to help the council develop a proposal to transform the landward side including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge, to its original Victorian landscape.
The seaward side was restored last year thanks to a £1m personal donation from Mrs Doreen Lofthouse.
Councillor David Henderson, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces at Wyre Council, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the potential that we see in The Mount. We've received tremendous support locally and our aim is to continue a community-led restoration of the iconic pavilion and nationally important coastal gardens.
"Fleetwood's Memorial Park was recently transformed with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, returning it to its original splendour and at the same time welcoming a whole host of new visitors to discover the park and all it has to offer.
"We intend to emulate that work at The Mount, which was originally designed to be the centre point of the town. It’s time for it to become the focus once again; a hub of family activities, horticulture and volunteering, that impacts positively on the health and wellbeing of everyone who visits."
Designed by eminent architect Decimus Burton in the 1800s, The Mount is an iconic landmark at the heart of Fleetwood. It is the remaining sand dune of an extensive rabbit warren, the ground rising to a high point at its centre, which is marked by a Grade II pavilion. The clock mounted on the pavilion is a First World War registered war memorial.
When built in 1836, The Mount was the centrepiece of the Regency town with all its streets radiating from it. Its circular path leads visitors up to the top which offers spectacular views across Morecambe Bay. The principle entrance is the one from the town, on its south side: this is marked by a Grade II entrance lodge attributed to Burton. The Mount is now a distinctive urban garden with some later additions notably of the Arts and Crafts period.
HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake said on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “Public parks play a vital role in our health and well-being. With this investment from National Lottery players, there is real opportunity for a rejuvenated Mount Pavilion and Gardens to deliver huge benefits to the whole community.”
A series of events and activities will take place later in the year (we'll keep you posted) to allow the local community to play a part in shaping plans for the site before a second application to the HLF for the full project, totalling around £2.4m, is submitted in 2018.
If successful, Wyre Council will recruit a community engagement officer to work on the project along with two new gardeners to look after the grounds.
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Mark Fenton at Wyre Council on 01253 887612 or email Mark.Fenton@wyre.gov.uk.
Thanks to Lancashire Museums for the early image of The Mount.