Lancaster Castle approach gets revamp

Volunteers at the garden in Castle Park, Lancaster, being maintained by the Friends of The Storey Gardens. From left: David Redmore, Fiona Sturgess, Catherine Fatkin and Helen Hicks.
Volunteers at the garden in Castle Park, Lancaster, being maintained by the Friends of The Storey Gardens. From left: David Redmore, Fiona Sturgess, Catherine Fatkin and Helen Hicks.

Volunteers have transformed a former eyesore in a key location into an attractive garden.

The Friends of The Storey Gardens are now maintaining the plot of land at the foot of Castle Park opposite Lancaster Castle’s John o’Gaunt Gateway.

Lancashire Environmental Fund awarded the Friends a grant which went towards a design-and-plant scheme with the emphasis on biodiversity and benefiting pollinating insects.

“The planting is in a very public place and hopefully will be appreciated by the many people passing by on foot,” said Rachel-Ann Powers, chairman of the Friends.

Businesses in the Castle area have praised the initiative for enhancing the Storey building, the approach to the Castle and the conservation area.

The Friends are working with Lancaster City Council to regenerate the Storey Gardens off Meeting House Lane and open them to the public. Open days are planned in May and June.

They are seeking funds to restore the Tasting Garden artwork designed by artist Mark Dion and create opportunities for horticultural practice and education.

Lancashire Environmental Fund is financed by landfill tax donations and supported by Lancashire County Council.

The Castle Park garden is one of the latest schemes the fund has supported to improve the environment, parks, gardens and open spaces.