Silloth Green Refurbishment
The important Stage 1 funding bid for Silloth Green was written by Liz Sutton of Ruby Tiger in 2008.
Chris Burnett Associates subsequently devised the landscape proposals and wrote the Conservation Management Plan.
The Stage 1 Plan for the Green’s refurbishment was then submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People Programme,’ and the bid was confirmed in April 2009. At that time, confirmation of a Stage 1 HLF pass meant the HLF money was earmarked for the project, and second stage proposals were requested to firm the proposal up.
Following a competitive process, Southern Green were commissioned to prepare Stage 2 proposals in August 2009.
In 2011, funding from Heritage Lottery was granted towards the major renovation.
Massive thanks are due to Ruby Tiger, for the important first stage pass, Southern Green for firming up the proposals, also Jane Alexander, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Monitor, and Nick Herepath, HLF North West for support throughout the renovation process.
The Rural development Programme for England (RDPE) Leader Programme provided funding towards access improvements and the Pagoda renovation.
Major works on the Green resulting from all funding included the following:
- Restoration of the iconic Victorian pagoda
- Restoration of the Edwardian ladies’ toilets
- Restoration of the 1950s rose garden and ornamental shrubberies
- Reinstatement of a putting course
- The development of a new water play area and small events space
- The development of a woodland play area
- Construction of a new accessible toilet block near the new play areas
- Improvements to access and circulation
- Improvements to street furniture
- The conservation of the landmark pine plantations, including improvements to biodiversity
- Introducing interpretation of The Green’s rich history and natural history
- Contribution to a new town garden
- Construction of a BMX Track
Silloth Town Council were central in overseeing the build, working in partnership with the ‘Economic Development Unit at Cumbria County Council,’ who provided a Project Manager, Jason Dixey, to be responsible for completing the works in liaison with the Town Council.
In depth support and attendance at monthly steering group meetings came from members of Silloth Town Council, in particular Cllr Bill Allison and Cllr Graham Wilkinson, and Wendy Jameson, Town Clerk, who played a large part (often behind the scenes); also Ruby Tiger and the Silloth Regeneration Partnership, Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria (formerly West Lakes Renaissance), Allerdale Borough Council and North Allerdale Development Trust.
Much gratitude to everyone involved in refurbishing Silloth Green and making it such a great place for local people and visitors alike
Silloth Green Website
Funding for initial planning and design of this website was gratefully received from
Cumbria County Council : Grant from CCC Local Committee for Allerdale Local revenue/Capital Scheme (Solway Coast) for:
- Website Design
Many thanks for a very special, individual and creative website design to:
Site Planning and Training
It’s important for a website planner to listen very hard to what the client wants and to dig beneath the surface to identify what they actually need. Many thanks for digging deep to ensure ‘Site Planning and Training’ truly addressed our needs, to:
- Anna Malina, Community Engagement Officer for Silloth Green inserted the content. Feedback and comments welcome!
Volunteers in Silloth have been and continue to be crucial to the protection, development and use of the Green. Particular thanks to volunteers currently involved in organising the following events on the Green:
- Friends of the Green
- Silloth Tourist Action Group (STAG)
- Kite Festival
- Vintage Rally
- Music and Beer Festival