Hurst Grange Park
Hurst Grange Park is one of South Ribble's three major parks.
The largest park in Penwortham, it is located between Hill Road and Cop Lane. The former estate of Hurst Grange Mansion is now an attractive landscape of specimen trees, ponds and wildflower meadows.
The site has retained a prestigious Green Flag Award every year since 2005.
The park has two distinct areas. The northern area is traditional parkland with rolling hills, mature woodlands and specimen trees that were laid out in the 19th century. It also has a playground, sports pitch and a trim trail through the park's mature woodlands. The main entrances to this area of the park are from Hill Road to the east and Cop Lane to the west.
The southern area includes younger woodlands, wildflower meadows and five ponds. The meadows contain large numbers of orchids and other rare wildflowers, making them some of the best meadows of “unimproved grassland” in the North West. The ponds are all at different stages of succession (i.e. they have differing amount of open water and vegetation) and therefore between them support a wide range of wildlife species. The overall landscape of this area is categorized as a Biological Heritage Site and maintained with wildlife as a priority.
The Friends of Hurst Grange Park have created a trail that includes many of the notable trees in the northern half of the park. A leaflet accompanying this trail can be found here.
Hurst Grange Coach House
The Coach House was built in 1848 to accommodate the estate’s coach and horses in the north of the park. It is currently used as a base for the Friends of Hurst Grange Park who use it for meetings and events hosted in the park.
South Ribble Borough Council is working in partnership with the Friends of Hurst Grange Park to raise money to restore and improve the Coach House building to provide a range of visitor facilities and events space.
In 2017 the Friends of Hurst Grange Park successfully obtained a Resilience Grant of £15,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with which Taylor Armitt Consulting were engaged to carry out public consultation and provide an options appraisal for the building’s future use.
In August 2018, South Ribble Borough Council, in partnership with the Friends Group, submitted a Round 1 National Lottery Heritage Fund application for over £500,000 towards the cost of project. Despite stiff competition, the Stage 1 application received a pass in January 2019 and the project was able to progress to the ‘Development Stage’ where the project details were worked up ready for a Stage 2 submission. The National Lottery awarded a Development Grant of £12,500 to contribute to the cost of these works which included detailed designs for the building, design of a wildlife friendly sensory garden area and other new spaces around the building and an Activity Plan developed with assistance from Community First Partnership. A range of consultation sessions were held and we would like to thank the public for giving their views on the future of the Coach House and the wider park.
The Round 2 bid was submitted in November 2019 and we are now awaiting the funding decision that will be made in March 2020. Round 2 remains competitive and so the Coach House project will be assessed against a number of other project from the north of England. The project receives a pass in March we would aim to make a start on improvement works starting in April/May 2020.
Finding Hurst Grange Park
Address: Hill Road, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 9XH.
Hurst Grange Park in the centre of Penwortham, to the south east of Preston.
The park is easily accessible by both public transport and car, and is approximately three miles from junction 1A of the M65. A car park is located at the southern end of Hill Road (to the east of the park) and pedestrian access can be gained to the park at several locations. Public vehicles are not permitted to enter the park.