Drainage works costing more than £130k planned for Avenham Park

Posted on - 15th April, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News
Drainage works in Avenham Park should reduce flooding

Drainage works in Avenham Park should reduce flooding

A major series of drainage works is to take place in Avenham Park to stop it turning into a mud bath.


The city council has appointed County Landscapes to add new and additional drains under the park.

It follows the problems at the Preston Guild when the location of the main stage was left waterlogged.

Preston’s wet climate and the ampitheatre effect of the Victorian Parks mean it can often flood – and very quickly be tuned to slush if it rains and then a major event takes place.

The works, costing £132,811, are due to take place between late April and the end of July.

Avenham and Miller Parks, both grade-II listed and award-winning, have seen £7m pumped into them in the last five years.

Recently a further £527,000 was pledged by the city council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to impove the parks – including work to the West Grotto.

Full details of the drainage work are:

– Additional lateral land drains in Avenham and Miller Parks valley floor
– A new land drainage system in Avenham Park East valley floor
– New cut off drains to valley sides in both parks
– Verti-draining of the valley floor in both parks
– Two pumps to allow exit of surface water collecting in the lands drains when the River Ribble is high
– Capture of spring water in the valley sides to supply the Japanese Garden Pond
– Capture of spring wate rto supply the Miller Park West Grotto water fall

What do you think about the drainage work? Do you visit Avenham and Miller Park? Let us know in the comments below

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