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Next phase of work to improve Kendal park

30 January 2018

The next phase of work to improve one of the area’s most treasured public parks is about to get underway.

Nobles Rest in Kendal will be closed for a number of weeks to allow for drainage work and new pathways to be laid, as part of a community-led project to enhance the parkland.

This follows on from a first phase of tree management work, carried out before Christmas, to thin and remove some of the trees. This work will help the natural regeneration of the woodland by allowing more light to reach the woodland floor, to support the development of younger and middle-aged trees.

The tree work was carried out with Forestry Commission approval and required the felling of 18 trees.

The drainage and pathway work will start next Monday, 5 February 2018, and will last for a minimum of 16 weeks.

During that period the park will be closed to allow for the work and to ensure public safety while it is being carried out.

We are working in partnership with the Friends of Nobles Rest group, Kendal Civic Society and Kendal Town Council on the project.

Consultation was carried out to determine the scheme, which is designed to address some long-standing drainage issues and to improve the park for future generations.

Tony Wrathall, from Kendal Civic Society, said: “It is a treasured park which is often very boggy in places. We look forward to seeing it properly drained, with new paths, so you can walk around without wellies. In spring and summer Nobles Rest is delightful, as it hopefully will be next winter.”      

We have awarded £20,000 from our Locally Important Projects (LIPs) fund and are contributing £40,000 towards the drainage works.

Kendal Town Council is paying £15,000 for a new path at Town View Field and £2,000 has been donated through the Tesco Bags of Help project.

Nobles Rest, which is located at the end of Maude Street, was donated by Mary Ellen Noble in 1929 as a sanctuary of rest for the aged and a play area for small children to enjoy.

It was created to commemorate her husband, local surgeon Samuel Clarke Noble.