Park aims to make its mark at awards

Budding gardeners in Poulton were at Vicarage Park today for a snowdrop bulb planting as part of We Love Parks week, organised by Wyre Council. Pictured with spades at the ready are L-R: Ella Mitchell, Abbie and Emma Cocker, Olivia and Georgia Ball, Daisy Oliphant and Elizabeth Baylis.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 25-7-2012
Budding gardeners in Poulton were at Vicarage Park today for a snowdrop bulb planting as part of We Love Parks week, organised by Wyre Council. Pictured with spades at the ready are L-R: Ella Mitchell, Abbie and Emma Cocker, Olivia and Georgia Ball, Daisy Oliphant and Elizabeth Baylis. PIC BY ROB LOCK 25-7-2012
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A Wyre park has been shortlisted for a prestigious landscaping design award.

Vicarage Park in Poulton has been named as one of the finalists in the Northern Design Awards.

Extensive improvements have been carried out over the last two years to rejuvenate the park by the Friends of Vicarage Park with help from Wyre Council.

Coun Vivien Taylor, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Vicarage Park, which has become a wonderful example of how beneficial parks and green spaces are to communities.

“Our original aims were to create a welcoming park, enhance biodiversity and increase visitors - we’ve certainly achieved this with the help of a dedicated Friends group, who have played a big part in encouraging wider community involvement and use of the park.”

Facilities include a multi-use games area, youth shelter, bowling green and pavilion, central space for events, wetland area, areas of mixed planting, meadows and mature trees, all linked by a network of pathways.

Since completion the park has been awarded Green Flag status and hosts a programme of events throughout the year.

The park is competing in the commercial landscaping design category and will be judged by a panel featuring Linda Barker (pictured), George Clarke of ‘Restoration Man’ and ‘Amazing Spaces’, Wayne Hemingway, Nick Munro and Jan Constantine.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Buxton on Friday November 21.