A unique lost Chorley garden is set to be preserved for future generations after receiving a £3.4m cash boost.
The Historic Rivington Terraced Gardens was “in serious danger of being lost” but will now will now undergo a three year programme of work by heritage experts to protect the buildings and landscape.
The work to conserve, repair and protect the gardens will eventually lead to buildings like the Pigeon Tower being repaired and opened to the public for supervised visits for the first time in decades.
Improved information boards, an interactive website and guided tours are also part of the plans.
The park is one of 12 parks and cemeteries across the country receiving a share of £32 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
It was identified as one of the top ten lost gardens in the UK, and was featured on a BBC Countryfile programme in November 2014.
Project manager Ben Williams said: “Over the moon doesn’t even come close to how I feel about receiving this money. We’ve put a lot of effort into achieving the right balance of heritage conservation and preserving the landscape so loved by local people, and it’s great that the National Lottery has supported our approach and plans”.
Heritage Lottery Fund chairman Sir Peter Luff said: “Our parks are where we play some of our first games, where we make some of our first discoveries and where some of us take our first steps to stardom.
“However we use them, parks are an important part of life, which is why we’re delighted to be investing National Lottery players’ money in parks and cemeteries to carry out vital regeneration and create some wonderful opportunities for communities and wildlife.”