Trails and sculp­ture un­veiled

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ASCHEME to turn open space be­hind Orm­skirk Rail­way Sta­tion into an at­trac­tive and wel­com­ing park has been of­fi­cially un­veiled by West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Sta­tion Ap­proach Park in­cludes a new, fully­ac­ces­si­ble, cir­cu­lar foot­path, suit­able for par­ents with bug­gies and for peo­ple in wheel­chairs.

A wildlife sculp­ture trail, cre­ated from de­signs pro­duced by chil­dren from Orm­skirk Pri­mary School, has been in­stalled around the path.

An in­for­ma­tion plinth has also been in­stalled, telling the his­tory of the land, which used to be rail­way sid­ings.

The park also in­cludes a sec­tion of the War Horse Walk, a route used dur­ing World War I when horses un­loaded from trains were moved to Lathom Park to be pre­pared for bat­tle.

A wild­flower meadow has also been planted and a sto­ry­telling area has been cre­ated for Orm­skirk Pri­mary School’s For­est School group to have classes in the open air.

Giles Storch, head teacher at Orm­skirk CE Pri­mary School, said: “We are al­ready en­gaged with the For­est Schools out­door ini­tia­tive and its ap­proach to learn­ing. The stim­u­lat­ing im­prove­ments to the park right be­side us will open the win­dow to many op­por­tu­ni­ties to study na­ture and link­ing land use with his­tory.”

Fund­ing for this pub­lic open space scheme has been raised by the coun­cil through de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions from nearby hous­ing de­vel­op­ment sites.

The works have been un­der­taken by Ground­work Cheshire, Lan­cashire and Mersey­side, in con­junc­tion with the coun­cil’s Parks and Coun­try­side Ranger Ser­vice.

Land next to the new­ly­land­scaped park area has been turned into an area of car park­ing for vis­i­tors to this lovely scenic space and this will be of­fi­cially opened at the same time.

The coun­cil has done this work us­ing Com­mu­nity In­fras­tuc­ture Levy (CIL) fund­ing, raised from de­vel­op­ers who are un­der­tak­ing new build­ing projects in the bor­ough.

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, port­fo­lio holder for leisure, said: “The park area looks fan­tas­tic now that this work has been com­pleted, so come along and spend some time in this lovely open space, just a short walk from Orm­skirk Rail­way Sta­tion.

Cllr John Hod­son, port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning, said: “The works here show how the coun­cil pro­vides ex­cel­lent value for money as the fund­ing we have been able to get through plan­ning agree­ments with de­vel­op­ers and CIL is used to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.”

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