Work is progressing well on a multi-million pound scheme to restore Ashington’s Hirst Park to its former glory.

Northumberland County Council successfully secured £2.29million National Lottery funding to rejuvenate the Park with contributions from Ashington Town Council, the Ashington Leisure Partnership and the County Council, bringing the total project value to £2.7m.

The grant, awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund will create a new play area and restore the greenhouses and buildings.

Work began in February on the main £1.9m improvement scheme and the work includes:

  • Planting of trees, shrubs and flowers throughout the park
  • A new children's play area (including a water feature)
  • A performance area on the former site of the Woodhorn disaster memorial
  • A new formal garden
  • The creation of a horticultural training building and growing area to be operated in partnership with Northumberland College
  • A new community allotment to be operated by the Full Circle Food Project
  • Repairs to gates and fences 
  • Improvements to paths, tennis courts and outdoor games areas

The new formal garden has now been constructed and planted, the tennis courts have been completed and work is well underway on the water play feature and the play area.

The construction of the Growing Zone is progressing well and it’s hoped the play zone will be completed and open for use before the end of the summer.