King’s Gardens is a 17 acre garden located in the centre of Southport Town Centre, on the Promenade. The Gardens are a hive of activity all year round and are a busy tourist attraction on the Southport seafront.
In 2012, the Gardens were awarded £5.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Sefton Council as part of the ‘Parks for People Programme’. This prestigious scheme at the time was the largest single investment in parks by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West. Sefton Council worked closely with the community, stakeholders and visitors to develop this scheme.
The project has seen the gardens returned to their former glory, conserving the historical features and landscaping for future generations. The restoration included the Victorian Shelters, the Venetian Bridge, the Lakeside Café, former ladies toilets and original park infrastructure. In addition to this, a brand new play area, a Community Garden and the King’s Gardens Visitor Centre were created.
One reason the gardens are great and events take place is due to the volunteers who have been an asset to the HLF project and will continue to be so for the future. Volunteers are crucial to the Gardens, if you would like to get involved, why not volunteer? There are a number of opportunities from guided walks to gardening. (Check out the get involved page).
There are the Friends of King’s Gardens, a registered charity who get involved in all manners of park life, from volunteering in community gardening, events organising, promotion of the park and working closely with the Council on the management and maintenance of the gardens and much more! The Friends Mission, is to publicise and promote the facilities and activities in gardens, and encourage local and visitor use. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Gardens provide public amenity space and a location for cultural activity.