Public urged to play their part in future of Wilton Lodge Park

Philippa Gilhooly
Philippa Gilhooly

TERIES are being invited to view and give comments on proposals for the regeneration of Wilton Lodge Park at a public exhibition next Thursday.

It is the latest step in a long process to return the park to its former glory and encourage more people to the area and follows a large scale survey and questionnaire.

A previous report highlighted three specific areas Hawick residents wanted to see improved – community events, facilities and infrastructure, and information/education.

The proposals include a new footbridge, an all age playpark, reinstating the bandstand, renovating the café, creating clearer views, and possible changes to the walled garden.

Alan Sutherland, chairman of the Friends of Wilton Lodge Park group, said: “We feel that this public exhibition is an excellent opportunity for the townspeople of Hawick to learn more about the project and to pass on their views with regard to the future of ‘our’ park.

Funding is being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources.

Philippa Gilhooly, project manager with Scottish Borders Council, added: “We would be grateful if people have any old colour photographs of the park such as the bandstand, café or events in the park which they could bring along for us to scan to help us compile an album of how the park used to look.”

The event is being hosted by SBC in the Heritage Hub between 2pm and 8pm.