Monday February 3, 2014
The first fully restored cast iron shelter has returned to King's Gardens, Southport as part of the ongoing development of the site.
A total of nine shelters were dismantled, removed from the gardens and taken to Wigan to be carefully restored by master craftsmen from a company called Lost Art Ltd.
The design for the original shelters was inspired by the work of famous landscape architect/engineer Thomas Mawson, who donated drawings for King's Gardens in 1906.
Experts at Lost Art have painstakingly restored the cast iron shelters to their former glory and have also returned them to their original colour scheme through paint analysis.
Once they have all been installed, ornate benches will also return to the shelters.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, was at a recent vist to the gardens to see the restored shelter in place.
He said: "The Victorian shelters are renowned in King's Gardens and it is fantastic to see them fully restored to their former glory.
"They look really impressive and I am sure everyone will appreciate them along with the overall development of the gardens which is really taking shape.
"Visitors should take the time to go round the gardens and see for themselves how impressive it is starting to look."
Southport's historic seafront King's Gardens were awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.
It is one of the largest current park restoration projects in the UK and is entirely externally funded.
For more information on the scheme please visit the blog or get involved by joining the Friends of Kings Gardens by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.