Hawick park receives more than £2.6million

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a grant of almost £2.7 million to help improve Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick.

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Full Report: Million pound boost for Wilton Lodge Park

It's been described as one of the most picturesque parks anywhere in the country, and now Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick is getting a multi million pounds makeover.

Thanks mostly to a national lottery grant, just under three and a half million pounds is due to be spent on improving the park.

But the work can't begin until the local council find their own share of the funding.

Watch the full report from John Bevir below.

Improvement works will begin in 2013

The historic Gilbert Davidson Fountain which will be renovated Credit: ITV Border

Wilton Park Lodge, in Hawick, has received a grant of more than £2.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve and restore the park.

The park attracts almost a quarter of a million visitors annually, and it's hoped that the improvements will help increase visitor trade to the park and the town.

Initial improvements proposals include restoring the bandstand and fountain, and introducing a new play park, café and footbridge.

The Hawick Museum will also be refurbished as part of the new scheme

Keith Johnston, Secretary of Friends of Wilton Lodge Park and Cllr David Paterson Credit: ITV Border

Keith Johnston from Friends of Wilton Lodge Park said:

"We are delighted that we have been an integral part of this successful project and look forward to work starting in 2013 to improve the park."


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Cash bonanza to transform historic Hawick park

A picturesque park in Hawick has received almost £2.7 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The cash boost will help improve leisure facilities at Wilton Lodge Park, on the outskirts of the town.

Plans are being proposed to create an 'Outdoor Heart of Hawick' in the park by replacing missing key features such as the former bandstand.

A new play park, cafe and footbridge are also being propose, as well as restoring existing war memorials and fountains.

The project is expected to start in the summer of 2013, with a completion date of spring 2018.

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