Lancashire beauty spot in line for major revamp

Rivington terraced garden
Rivington terraced garden
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Plans to revamp a Chorley beauty spot have been announced.

Rivington’s magical Terraced Gardens are set to be transformed as part of a £3.3m plan to revamp ravines, winding paths and bridges in the area.

The money has come from an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The project has already received initial support from the HLF of around £64,000.

Two charities leading the bid are Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan and the Rivington Heritage Trust.

They will now use the conservation management plan to consult with people and get them to help shape the future of the Terraced Gardens.

Bryan Homan, chair of the Rivington Heritage Trust, said: “We’re really excited about these plans and telling people about them.

“The Terraced Gardens are rich in history and with thousands of visitors each year, it’s really important we try and preserve this amazing place for future generations.”

Among the plan’s recommendations are:

- Repairing and conserving buildings and structures, making some buildings safe so people can go onto the roofs;

- Sensitively managing trees and vegetation to reveal and protect structures;

- Improving signage and information about the history of the gardens on site and via the internet;

- Activities and volunteer programmes to get local people involved.

Mr Homan added: “We’ve heard a very clear message from local people already that the atmosphere of faded 
grandeur and mystery is what people find enchanting about the gardens and we’re not going to do anything to compromise that.