MORE than £200,000 has been secured for a landscape and play project at Edgar’s Field Park in Handbridge, Chester
An outline master plan was drawn up in 2006 by Chester City Council with help from local residents and the Friends of Edgar’s Field Park for a new and exciting children’s play area, better interpretation of the park’s fascinating history and natural heritage, and a more welcoming environment.
Funding of £167,200 has now been confirmed by Waste Recycling Group Ltd, through their environmental body Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) which allocates grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The development of Edgar’s Field provides opportunities to involve young people to contribute to research and design and to use the park as a place to learn.
The continued involvement of young people in the park is essential for the its success and the bid will help establish a Junior Friends of Edgar’s Field Park group.
Mike Snell, general manager of external affairs for waste recycling group, said: “This is an excellent example of how a project can bring real improvement to the communities in which they take place.
“The provision of a vibrant new play area for young children will extend the valuable role that Edgar’s Field already fulfils and I’m pleased that WRG can do our bit to making this important project come to fruition.”
City councillor Eric Plenderleath, executive member for culture and community said: “I am delighted that WREN is to provide funding so that work can be carried out in Edgar's Field Park. We are extremely grateful for their support.
“The improvements will help highlight the historical significance of this area of Chester and will be an enormous asset, to local residents, tourists and the general public.
“The involvement of members of the community and the schools in Handbridge will now bear fruit. They are all to be congratulated on their commitment to the project.”
Edgar’s Field was given to the city by the Duke of Westminster in 1891. It has a rich heritage and Šis home to a Roman shrine to the goddess Minerva.
The shrine is believed to be the only example of an in situ rock carving of the goddess in Western Europe and part of the park, which over looks the River Dee, is designated as a Regionally Important Geodiversity Site.
Friends of Edgar’s Field Park volunteers hope that the junior branch, run from Chester Youth Club, will soon be involved. The volunteering consists of fund raising, litter picking and regular work sessions.
Steve Rogers from The Friends of Edgar’s Field Park said: “This is really wonderful news that will benefit the whole of Handbridge and especially its younger residents.”
The project is should be completed by early 2010. For information on how to get involved in the park contact Steve Rogers on 01244 629189.
For more information on Edgar’s Field download Discover Edgar’s Field on Chester City Council’s website at www.chester.gov.uk/heritagetrails.