An exciting scheme 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 fully accessible 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 One 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 newly-landscaped 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 Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding raised from developers who are undertaking new building projects in the Borough.
Councillor 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."
Councillor 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 be used to benefit the community.”