Alasdair McNee: Our £2m project to restore lake to glory

Wicksteed Park is planning a �2m lake restoration
Wicksteed Park is planning a �2m lake restoration
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So, the great British summer is teasing us once again, giving us just enough sunshine to raise hopes of a heatwave.

As a largely outdoor family attraction we obviously rely to some degree on good weather – which is why our operations manager Mick Bush has become something of an expert weather forecaster over the years!

But, as I hope you agree, there is a lot more to Wicksteed Park than providing a great day out in the sunshine.

We are keen to do as much as we can to give you somewhere which you can enjoy all-year-round, whether that be simply walking the dog in the snow, collecting conkers with the children in the autumn or enjoying one of our pavilion daytime shows, which start again with the brand new Hooray for Hollywood show in October.

To that end, as I am sure many of you know, we are about to embark on an exciting project to restore the main lake to its former glory.

This is a £2m project – boosted by £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

So, along with Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, and our Community Link Manager Charlotte Widgery, I’m hitting the road this week – well a hop, skip and a jump to Latimer Arts College – to tell people more about the project.

We have a wonderful community spirit in this area, which really comes across as I get out and about to meet and talk to as many people as possible.

Community spirit was demonstrated in abundance recently when I joined 500 parents and supporters to celebrate student achievement at Latimer Arts College, as the park was sponsoring one of the awards.

Increasing the educational side of what we do is key to the park’s future – both in our work to support schools and also to tell the wonderful story of the park’s history, engage with the local community and get them actively involved in our future.