Just under a million pounds is to be spent renovating Manchester’s biggest park. The park – one of the biggest in Europe – also has Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall. Both park and hall are to be revamped in a project which is to last seven months.
The 600 acre park in Prestwich is to receive a £600,000 makeover (from the Clean City Fund), whilst an additional £200,000 is to be spent on vital repairs of the listed Heaton Hall.
Heaton Park contains an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a boating lake, an animal farm, a pitch and putt course, a golf driving range, woodlands, an observatory and other amenities.
The £200,000 grant from English Heritage means that the hall will be re-opened with guided tours for the public. There is talk of the building being open for long-term use, as conservationists are in discussions with council managers.
English Heritage’s Charles Smith said; “We are working in partnership with Manchester City Council to halt the decline of the Heaton Hall building and find a long-term sustainable use.”