Views needed for Haigh Woodland Park funding bid

Residents are being asked for their views on Haigh Woodland Park as part of a joint bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles are planning a bid to secure further investment which will help to deliver the second phase of the Haigh masterplan focusing on the restoration of key heritage features around the park.

If successful the project will also explore ways in which the park can further impact on the health and wellbeing of visitors, identify ways to boost volunteering and educational activity and enhance the biodiversity value of the park, in particular the woodland.   

A survey has gone live this week which residents are encouraged to complete to share their views on the park.

The views shared will help to inform the lottery fund bid which is currently being developed. 

The bid will likely include restoration work to the Haigh plantation gates and nearby lodges.

Surveys of several affected areas, including the gates, will take place over the coming weeks following the appointment of a consultancy team.

Haigh Woodland Park has become a regional hotspot for tourism since major investment was completed in 2016.

Following £3.6 million investment from Wigan Council, the park has become a real hub of activity offering something for everyone to enjoy all year round.

Phase one of the Haigh masterplan included car parking improvements, construction of the play area, adventure golf and high ropes, conversion of the stables into Haigh kitchen courtyard and installation of new furniture.

Leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “Last year a record number of visitors came to Haigh Woodland Park with children, parents and carers enjoying the new attractions and beautiful surroundings.

“Building on the success of the investment to date, we have ambitious plans to protect and restore our local heritage sites surrounding Haigh.

“The plantation gates form a key element of our masterplan for Haigh and we all want to see the buildings return to their former glory.”

Pete Burt, chief executive of Inspiring healthy lifestyles, who manage the park on behalf of the council, said: “We were so proud to see Haigh Woodland Park granted ‘excellence’ status on Trip Advisor and want to keep building on this success.

“We want the park to be a place that offers something for everyone and is accessible to all.

“As we move into the next stage of development we’re keen to hear what people enjoy about the park, or what stops them from visiting.”

Fill out the survey:  http://bit.ly/Haighwoodlandpark

Last updated: 24 July 2019