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Winckley Square Gardens

A fantastic Georgian square modelled on similar squares in London of that era - Winckley Square's historic gardens are the focal point of this area and were sympathetically restored and renovated in October 2016.

Plans sensitive to the history and heritage took into account the trees and biodiversity, archaeology, drainage, community involvement, recreation, volunteering and education.

Works to Winckley Square Gardens were carried out by Barton Grange Landscapes -successful in winning the contract for the project - and included;

  • restoration of the Robert Peel statue
  • work to resolve flooding issues
  • new lighting
  • creation of a social space
  • new historical reference points, plaques and displays 
  • new and improved entrance and access points
  • restoration of all the railings surrounding the gardens
  • new, wider footpaths and
  • replacement of seating 

The restoration and renovation of Winckley Square Gardens was possible through the successful award of almost £950,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. The £1.2million project was also in receipt of funds and smaller grants from partners.

For detailed information on the Gardens project follow the links highlighted in the 'useful links' box below.

About the Project

This project was led by Winckley Square Community Interest Company, a group of Preston business people local to Winckley who got together as a not for profit company to support the regeneration of the area.

The bid for the project was led by the private sector with involvement from Groundwork, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Preston BID and Preston Historical Society.