Funds secured to restore Memorial Gardens
By Tracy Walker
“Severe flooding resulted in significant bank erosion, particularly on land opposite the castle, and widespread damage to the gardens and footpaths.
“We no longer direct tourists or hold events in the gardens as the area is hazardous. Usage is also severely restricted as many pathways are now inaccessible to families with small children and those with disabilities.”
Work will be carried out to stabilise the river banks to reduce erosion, restore footpaths and minimise future flood damage.
It is hoped work can start in June.
The council engaged Ian Creighton, of West Cumbria Rivers Trust, to advise on the best way forward.
“The work will see Memorial Gardens fully reopened and accessible to the public. We will be able to hold events on the gardens and the whole surrounding area will be uplifted,” added Mrs Brown.
“Families and those with disabilities will be able to use the area once more.
“It’s a really important space for Cockermouth that’s at the heart of our community.”
Contractors will use some of the stones dredged from the river bed last year by the Environment Agency.