Wyre Council

First sod cut at Marine Gardens, Fleetwood

Published on Wednesday 1st June 2011

A sod cutting ceremony at Marine Hall in Fleetwood has marked the start of a £1m project to transform the gardens and take the grounds back to the venue's heyday of the 1930s.

Doreen Lofthouse, whose family has donated a substantial amount of money to the project, officially cut the first patch of earth this morning (Wednesday). She was joined by representatives from Wyre Council, consultants BCA Landscapes, newly appointed contractors William Pye, plus local businesses to celebrate the beginning of a new era for Marine Hall.

The construction at the gardens, due to start week commencing 13 June, is part of Wyre Council's continuing regeneration work along the waterfront under the Sea Change banner. The landscaping will be designed in the style of a contemporary English marine garden with a visual nod to the seafront setting. New features, including a dramatic outdoor performance area, will further enhance Marine Hall's draw as visitor attraction for the region.

Councillor Barry Birch, portfolio holder with responsibility for regeneration at Wyre Council, said: "Today marks the start of an important period of change for the gardens here at Marine Hall. Our vision is to create a striking marine garden and firmly establish Marine Hall as a key venue for entertainment and performance, both for the people of Fleetwood and visitors."

Mrs Lofthouse added: "I am really looking forward to seeing the new gardens. They have been neglected over the years because of the cost but now we can give them a lift and make Fleetwood promenade even more beautiful than it already is.

"So many people stop their cars on the promenade to look at the view, so why not bring them a lot closer to the Marine Hall?"

A public launch to celebrate the new gardens will take place in 2012, giving the planting schemes chance to develop.

As part of today's celebration, Mrs Lofthouse was also presented with a commemorative spade by Wyre Council to thank her for her on-going and generous support for Fleetwood projects.

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