Port Sunlight River Park, managed by Autism Together on behalf of the Land Trust, has been awarded a £450,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant thanks to National Lottery players.
The Land Trust – Britain’s leading green space management charity, which created the river park on a former landfill site in 2013-14 – said the grant will pay for a new Heritage Visitor Centre and a wide range of activities for the local community.
Anne Litherland of Autism Together, whose service users help manage the park and are involved in the running of the charity’s nearby Bromborough Pool garden centre and café, said:
“We already have a thriving and inclusive community programme and the new centre will be a great additional resource for everyone who uses Port Sunlight River Park, including local interest groups, park visitors and volunteers with special needs. They’ll be able to learn heritage-related skills, while helping to make new discoveries about Bromborough’s past.”
Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, explained:
“This fantastic new centre will provide educational activities for people of all ages. The grant will help pay for exhibitions and displays, and it will create a new job for an Education Officer to be based there. There will be a variety of opportunities for people to explore Bromborough’s cultural and natural heritage through archaeological excavation, community history projects, heritage based trails and more.
“The creation of Port Sunlight River Park has already drastically improved the local environment and provided health and lifestyle benefits for tens of thousands of visitors, as well as increasing local business revenues by £86,000 a year. With this new Heritage Visitor Centre and all its surrounding activities, we’ll be able to bring even greater benefits to the local community and the local economy.”