A MULTI-million pound project to restore an historic hall is set to finally get under way.
Months of fund-raising by the local community helped secure a £2.4m Lottery grant for Grade I listed Lytham Hall, and now the vital restoration work is set to begin.
And the first phase of the project – due to start on September 1 – will focus on the hall’s historic county park.
The work is being led by Heritage Trust for the North West (HTNW) – who lease the Hall from Lytham Town Trust –and its chief executive John Miller said: “This project will increase public access to this beautiful and historic park.
“It will also provide visitors with information that will highlight its historical importance.
“This green space is a real gem and this work will open it up so it can be enjoyed all year round.
“We cannot wait to see the work start.”
The hall’s south wood will be tackled first, with plans to clear it of conifer plantation and sycamore trees, improve paths and lay new ones, open up a covered ditch to create a water feature and habitat and plant native trees.
Work will also take place on The Mount – a man-made hill dating back to the 17th century – to recreate its spiral path and steps, while flowers and native shrubs will be planted alongside interpretation panels depicting the park’s history.
Alongside the Lottery, Fylde Council, Lancashire County Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust – which provided a £20.828 grant – have all contributed to the work.
It is part of a larger scheme to improve access to the park and provide volunteering opportunities, and volunteers will be involved in clearance works and planting as part of the restoration work.
McNabb Laurie, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “The trust supports community and environmental projects across the UK, and helping schemes which improve public spaces for all to enjoy is one of our priorities.
“This scheme will restore and open up a valuable landscape and it is good to hear volunteers will be getting involved. I look forward to hearing about its progress.”
The full £5.7m restoration project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2014.