Volunteers give park a new lease of life

Work by a team of enthusiastic volunteers to restore Winterfield Park in Dunbar to its former glory is gathering momentum.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 8th March 2014, 4:01 am
Winterfield Regeneration
Winterfield Regeneration

The group, which now has 62 members, is busy securing funding to improve the facility for the community.

Esther Hughes, secretary of the Friends of Winterfield, said new seats have been provided and flower beds created. She explained that it was felt the exterior of the park looked “quite grotty” so repairs were carried out to the wall which was covered with concrete rendering dating back to the 1930s. Funds for the project came from East Lothian Council’s Civic Pride Fund.

Ms Hughes explained: “The wall was falling to pieces so we got funding to re-point it. This was important because of cracking and weather damage behind the 1930s render. Having removed some of it we discovered the wall was an attractive basalt and worth showing off.”

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The name of the park is also now highlighted on new signs at the entrance. Ms Hughes said the park had been used as a “dog toilet” and no-one was using it as a place to visit.

She added: “I had an aerial photograph of seven or eight flower beds on it originally, so we manage to get some funding from the council’s Civic Pride Fund to put in plans for the new flower beds and planting. We have worked really closely with East Lothian Council’s parks department. They are overjoyed that, as a community, we are taking an interest in what’s happening. People are now using the park other than walking their dogs.”

Another attraction in the park is the adult exercise equipment bought with £6,500 from the Fields in Trust and support from the council.

The next project is to install a free-to-use 18 hole putting course and landscaping at the northern end.