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Winckley Square Gardens

The focal point of Winckley Square are the gardens recently successful in awarded almost £950,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for refurbishment and renovation.

The £1.2million project, also in receipt of funds and smaller grants from partners, will breathe new life into these historic gardens and enable a ‘sympathetic restoration’.

Plans sensitive to the history and heritage which also take into account the trees and biodiversity, archaeology, drainage, community involvement, recreation, volunteering and education, have been produced.

Improvements to Winckley Square gardens include;

  • restoration of the Robert Peel statue
  • work to resolve current flooding issues
  • new lighting
  • creating 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  • new historical reference points, plaques and displays 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 

Works are being carried out by Barton Grange Landscapes who were successful in winning the contract for this project.

When will the work be completed?

Work began in August this year and is estimated to take approximately 10 weeks, weather permitting. The aim is for work to be completed in October.

Winckley Square Gardens will be completely closed off to the public while the work takes place.

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

About the Project

This project is 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.

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