The Story of Taylor Park

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Taylor Park, St Helens is the largest of the town’s Victorian Parks, opened to the public in 1893 and is Grade 2 listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It is 21.25 hectares in size and originally formed part of the Eccleston Hall Estate.

Thanks to an external funding package including the Heritage Lottery Fund the park’s facilities have recently been restored and is a very popular visitor attraction.

The park facilities include a large dam, rock garden, quarry garden, children’s play area, woodland walks, panoramic views across the surrounding landscape, boathouse, tearoom and a visitor centre.

The on site Ranger Service together with the Friends of Taylor Park organise an annual programme of events including an annual boat regatta that involves the resident model boating club.

The large dam and the quarry garden is utilised by the Council’s Youth Service to provide water activities, abseiling, rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits.

St Helens Greenspace Strategy

Green spaces can make an immensely important contribution to the quality of everyday life. They can provide a variety of attractive, safe and accessible outdoor environments, which appeal to a wide range of different people from toddlers playing to elderly people socialising. They are often are highly valued and have an important role in helping to create good places to live and work.

What is the St Helens Greenspace Strategy?

The strategy recognises the importance of green space and sets out to improve the provision of high quality, well used spaces in the Borough, which will meet the needs of local people both now and in the future. To do this it provides a policy framework for the protection, improvement, accessibility and use of green spaces, making the best use of available funding. It seeks to involve local people and partner agencies in the provision and management of the Borough’s green space.

Many types of green space are included in the strategy such as natural areas like the Sankey Valley and Colliers Moss as well as the familiar urban parks and recreation grounds such as Victoria Park and Queens Recreation Ground. Other types of green space included are allotments, woodlands, waterways and reservoirs. There are greenways offering footpath and cycleway links between many green spaces and to the countryside beyond the built up areas. It includes sites both in public and private ownership. Together this rich variety of sites provide opportunities for a wide range of leisure pursuits such as active sport, gentle relaxation, children’s play and nature watching

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