Peel Park restoration receives Lottery boost

Friday 10 January 2014

The restoration of Peel Park, situated next to the University of Salford’s campus, has been boosted by a successful Lottery bid by Salford City Council.

The council will use the £54,000 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to research the history of Salford’s oldest park. The research will inform new park designs and to develop a programme of community events.

The first phase of the council’s £2.1 million redevelopment of Peel Park took place in the summer when access to its entrance on the Crescent was improved. This included resurfacing the path, installing new fencing and lighting, and removing self-seeded trees to open up views across the Crescent Meadow.

Stephen Talboys, Director of Estates at the University, said: “Peel Park was one of the first public parks in England and has a rich history. The restoration will really benefit our staff and students and we welcome this news.”

Councillor Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment, said: "Peel Park was opened in 1846 and forms part of the largest green space in central Salford. We are working with the Friends of Peel Park and the University of Salford to restore this lovely haven at the heart of our bustling city."