A new working partnership has been created to develop a sustainable future for Manchester’s ‘green jewel in the crown’.
Manchester City Council and the National Trust, along with representatives from the Heaton Park Trust, English Heritage and Visit Manchester participated in a very positive workshop to exchange ideas for the long-term future of Heaton Park and Hall.
The partners agreed that the Hall and Park are vital to the people of Manchester for health, recreation and for the historic value of the Hall and its wider parkland. With each organisation contributing distinct expertise, working together will ultimately create a plan that would care for the Park into the next century.
The two-day workshop sought to build on the shared knowledge and expertise of everyone present to develop ideas and proposals to shape the future of Heaton Park and Hall. It was a very positive process and ignited a new enthusiasm for this special place and renewed momentum to improve the Hall and Park.
John Darlington, Director for the North West at the National Trust said: "The National Trust exists to look after special places for ever, for everyone, and it’s great to be involved in a project that will give so much back to the city and the people of Manchester. This is only the first step, and there’s a lot of listening to do, but restoring the Hall and Park to its place as a ‘green jewel’ is a shared aspiration and one where I hope we can help."
Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Trust and other partners as it means we can tap into this level of expertise to help us build a secure future for Heaton Park and Hall. It is equally important that we include all our stakeholders in this journey and we are looking forward to their input into our vision for the park. "
Over the next few months, the partners will be contacting all the other organisations, groups and individuals who already play a part in the Hall and Park, as well as seeking new partnerships, including those involved in education and health improvement and talking to other funding bodies.