Posted: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
We are delighted that plans to enhance Castle Park in Bishop’s Stortford have been awarded a £1.9m grant by the National Lottery.
This project brings together the existing spaces of Sworder’s Field and Castle Gardens into an exciting town centre park that celebrates history, nature and community.
Working alongside East Herts Council and Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, The Countryside Management Service led on the production of designs that have obtained the support of the lottery. This will see a greater focus upon the remnants of Waytemore Castle, with specialist conservation work protecting it from erosion and allowing for greater public access.
The River Stort, running through the middle of the park, will be enhanced with conservation measures to improve the river habitat and make it more prominent in the landscape. This will include a new river crossing, helping to better connect Castle Gardens with Sworder’s Field.
The existing community rooms housed in the Markwell Pavilion and the closed toilet block will be given a new lease of life, upgrading the community rooms alongside the provision of a new café and public toilets, including a Changing Places facility for disabled visitors.
Landscape improvements across the park will give a more attractive appearance, showcasing heritage features including the war memorial, whilst creating a more complete and functional layout to the path network.
At the northern end of Sworder’s Field the teenage space will be upgraded with exciting new features such as a new skate park extension.
There are plenty of ways people can get involved, with the recently established Friends of Castle Park leading on a number of events and initiatives. There are also now regular Hertfordshire Health Walks, Parkrun and a full calendar of events.
A planning application for the proposals has been submitted and will be considered by the East Herts Council Development Management Committee shortly.