Fairhaven Lake Restoration gets the go ahead with confirmed National Lottery cash

Fairhaven Lake Restoration gets the go ahead with confirmed National Lottery cash

Fylde Council has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £1.476 million for the Fairhaven Lake and Garden Restoration project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project can now fulfil its ambition to make Fairhaven Lake and Gardens one of the finest marine lakes in the United Kingdom!

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, the project aims to conserve and restore Fairhaven’s heritage buildings and landscape, improve the lake’s infrastructure and water quality, and provide an exciting new programme of events. New information boards will help visitors better understand Fairhaven’s heritage.

Fairhaven has a rich history beginning in 1892 with Thomas Riley’s dream of a planned resort with a recreational lake at its centre. The lake was redesigned in 1925 by leading landscape architect Thomas Mawson resulting in the iconic Japanese gardens and increased opportunities for sport and leisure.

The Japanese garden will be fully reinstated along with other heritage features, Fairhaven café is the oldest building on site and will be fully restored to its former glory as the parks centrepiece in its original style.

The lake has seen reduced use in recent years with some areas looking tired, the project will look at putting community activity and education back to recreate the atmosphere and charm that Fairhaven had in its heydays for both locals and visitors alike.

Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Chair, Councilor Cheryl Little said “We are delighted to have secured National Lottery investment - It is a fantastic achievement that we have been successful. Fairhaven Lake will now be able to reflect and explore the needs, interests and opportunities of the diverse communities we serve. Receiving this grant heralds a significant support to the redevelopment project which will revitalise the venue into a landmark centre for sport, culture and natural tourism, Fairhaven Lake and Fylde will be transformed, and I am truly delighted”.

HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, said, on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund: “Parks are highly cherished by their local communities and offer people a wealth of benefits. This is especially true for coastal areas where parks are not only important for promoting health and wellbeing but are an important draw for tourism. The investment Fairhaven will receive from National Lottery players will enable local people to safeguard the park’s heritage and revitalise it as a significant community and tourist destination”.

The project will start in January 2019 and look to be completed at the end of 2021. To keep up to date on project news follow us on Twitter @FairhavenHLF and on Fylde Council website.