Moss Bank Park will be reopening its revamped Rock Garden to the public on Saturday July 28 at 12pm.
The Rock Garden was closed to the public for a number of years due to vandalism and becoming overgrown. In 2010, Bolton Council and the Friends of Moss Bank Park were successful in obtaining £38,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery for the refurbishment of the Rock Garden at Moss Bank Park, with the council providing the rest of the funding. The total project has cost approximately £50,000.
Work began on the garden in 2010 and included restoration of the water cascade feature, installation of a new footbridge, clearing and resurfacing of footpaths, clearing overgrown vegetation and installing new plants and new seating areas.
The garden will be officially reopened by Mr David Butcher, retiring Secretary and driving force of the Friends of Moss Bank Park over the last 11 years.
At the reopening, there will be a brass band playing, a display on the history of the rock garden and a photographic exhibition of photographs taken in the garden recently. There will also be light refreshments available.
Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood and Community Services said: “The Friends of Moss Bank Park have made an outstanding contribution to the park over the years. We are delighted to have worked with the Friends on the restoration of this tranquil garden and hope that users of the park enjoy spending time in there.”