£50k lottery cash for park scheme

Rectory Park, Thornhill - There are plans to invest �200,000 in the area. (D516D245)

Rectory Park, Thornhill - There are plans to invest �200,000 in the area. (D516D245)

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A park has won a £47,700 lottery grant for a nature project.

The Friends of Rectory Park will be given the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund after Kirklees councillors approved the bid at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The 15 month ‘Rectory Park Gone Wild’ project will include the installation of four new interpretation panels, a pond dipping platform over the moat and the fencing off and signage of habitats. Thornhill Community Academy and the Overthorpe, Headfield and Thornhill Junior schools will get involved in a programme of activities, which will fit closely with the national curriculum for science.

The grant will compliment £164,000 of council funding to provide physical improvements to the park, including graffiti removal and de-silting of the moat.