Works have begun at Ashton Gardens to improve and restore several elements of the park to their original glory.
Fylde Council are currently undertaking a series of planned works which includes the repair, replacement and addition of lighting throughout the park. Once completed, the metal lighting columns will be re-painted alongside other metalwork structures in the Gardens.
Further improvements include the cleaning of the Lytham St Annes War Memorial. Designed by Thomas Smith Trait in 1923, with sculpture by Walter Marsden, the memorial is listed at Grade II for its sculptural, architectural and historical interest. The Memorial has had a thorough “kind” low pressure wash with no chemicals and the sculptures have been cleaned and waxed.
The stone gate piers at the entrance to the rose garden have been cleaned and two new lampposts will be installed adjacent to the garden to illuminate the area at night making the area safer for the general public. The garden will also be rejuvenated with the planting of additional David Austin roses and the reintroduction of companion perennial plants. Classic favourites including Nepeta and Hardy Geraniums will create a vibrant and fragrant summer display and attract a range of nectar loving insects including bees and butterflies.
Further to completing additional tree planting during winter 2020 with coastal friendly species such as Silver Birch, Field Maple and Tulip trees, a second phase of planting will take place this winter around the gardens and lake areas.
Councillor Michael Sayward, Chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee for Fylde Council said: “I’m very pleased to see these essential works being carried out to restore Ashton Gardens to its former glory, whilst improving safety for users of the park and the residents of St Annes”.
The Council’s social media pages will continue to document the works as they take place over the next few months. You can find both our Facebook and twitter pages using @fyldecouncil.
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