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 1850 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 Stage 1 Heritage Fund application to the National Lottery 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 has been able to progress to the ‘Development Stage’ where the project detail is worked up ready for a Stage 2 submission at the start of November 2019.
The National Lottery have awarded a Development Grant of £12,500 to contribute to the cost of these works and Community First Partnership are working with us to draw up an Activity Plan for the Coach House to help support the funding bid, using the work by Taylor Armitt as a basis. There is still lots of work to do and there will be a similar level of competition at Stage 2 for the available funds. We expect to find out whether the bid has been successful in March 2020 and, if so, the project will enter the Delivery Phase with works starting on the building later in 2020.
For further information on latest news and upcoming events, please visit the Friends' Coach House page by clicking here.
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.