Restoration Projects

Many years, many changes...

Since its opening in 1883, Beaumont Park has seen many changes.  The Friends of Beaumont Park continue to work closely with Kirklees Council to regenerate the park and restore it to its former glory. 

Lots of time, effort and money has been put into the restoration projects.

Got an idea for a restoration project? We’d love to hear it!

The three major projects to date have been the restoration of the Bandstand, opened in 2011, the replacement of the Visitor Centre opened in 2012 and our current focus the construction of a Pavilion on the hard stand near the children's playground. You can read about these projects in the sub pages below. 

Our most recent completed project was the creation of the old Railway Line nature Trail. The final piece was to erect some Notice Boards along the old cutting.

        Notice Boards on the old Railway Track

 

 

Buttress Wall Stonework Partially Cleared

 

In 2012, The Heritage Lottery Fund granted £49,900 for the railway line and buttress wall to be cleared of saplings.  Other work included in the bid was to create a heritage trail, taking in the park with information boards along the way.

There have been a couple of projects to restore the lower pond from a silted up and overgrown space to a beautiful, healthy fenced pond, full of life.

 

In the summer of 2008, The Friends of Beaumont Park (FoBP) applied for a grant from Kirklees Environment Unit to help with the cost of restoring the Lower Cascade. The area was overgrown with brambles and the rock face covered in ivy.

One of the most notable changes in the park for many years was completed in 2007: the restoration of the cascade and fountain. What a difference to sight and sound it is to have this water feature working again. Kirklees Council funded this project costing £138,000 with the Friends of Beaumont Park contributing £10,880.

The historic lower gates have been repaired thanks to a grant of about £50,000 from Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund which is distributed by English Heritage on behalf of DEFRA. Kirklees Council used it to organise repairs to the stone walls and cast iron gates that form the atmospheric gateway to the park. Following six months of hard work to clear the area of overgrown vegetation the gates were officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Jean Calvert, on 27 April 2008.