The grade two listed Highfields Park is receiving an upgrade, after silt and crumbling buildings have started to affect the site which has been owned and maintained since 1920.
James Dymond, Parks Development Manager acknowledges the mental health benefits that parks can provide and believes this is an important renovation.
“It really does need doing when you go and visit the lake down at the waterfall end you can see that there’s not much water showing in some places it’s so silted up”.
“THOSE PARTS OF THE PARK WON’T BE THERE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY”
JAMES DYMOND, PARKS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
The park was bought by Jessie Boot, owner of the Boots factory in 1920. It shortly became neighbour to the University of Nottingham, which is also situated on the heritage site. The park is owned and maintained by Nottingham City Council.
The Western end, which is going to be closed for several months, holds the grade two listed stepping stones and cascade. But the renovations will be a positive for the many clubs that use the parks facilities. These include the boating club and the Croquet club.
“The historic buildings that we’re restoring are listed by Historic England so it’s essential we do look after them otherwise that history and those parts of the park won’t be there for future generations to enjoy”.