Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks at Rivington Terraced Gardens

Groundwork are looking for young people aged 11-25 to get involved in a project called Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks based at Rivington Terraced Gardens. The aim of this project is to attract more young people to get involved in their local heritage through volunteering. They are currently looking to gain local young people’s opinion as to what they think about the Terraced Gardens’ history and how they can encourage more young people to visit and volunteer in order to make Rivington engaging andrelevant to young people.
In order to understand the young people’s opinions and motivations towards heritage and volunteering, they would like young people aged 11-25 to fill in a questionnaire, which is linked below.
They would appreciate it if you could spare 15 minutes of your time to fill in this questionnaire, your opinion is invaluable and will help them understand young people’s views towards heritage, especially towards Rivington, and volunteering.

What is the project about and why?
Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks is a £10million Heritage Lottery Fund project with a focus on young people aged 11-25. The project based at Rivington Terraced Gardens, is led by Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside and the aim is to inspire young people within the age group to contribute to the sustainability of local historic sites as well as restoring and conserving Rivington Terraced Gardens. Groundwork will work with Rivington Heritage trust and will assist partnerships in 5 areas of England and combine Friends of Park Groups with a younger group, delivering training and
support for young people to develop their leadership and other valuable skills whilst discovering the
heritage of their local sites. Young people from various backgrounds within the area will be encouraged to get involved to increase the social mix of the Friends of Parks Group at Rivington.
About Rivington Terraced Gardens
Rivington Terraced Gardens are located on the slopes of Winter Hill in Chorley below Rivington Pike.
The Gardens were purchased and designed by Lord Leverhulme between the years 1900-1925. The Gardens were planned and built in stages by Thomas Mawson, a famous landscape architect, to be used as a private garden for Lever for him to relax in and entertain. A dramatic hillside garden was created which featured a wooded area with a network of footpaths that provide the terraces that give the Terraced Gardens their name. There is also a artificial ravine and cascade with several bridges and fords crossing it. The upper section of the site has remains of the formal gardens and buildings. These include a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden and a lake. The site also contains many stone built structures, including a magnificent seven-arched bridge, a number of small summer houses and the Pigeon Tower.
Since Lever’s death, the gardens suffered a gradual decline as the resources to maintain the extensive gardens were no longer available. Today, the original structure of the gardens remains and is a place much loved by local people and visitors across the region. The Gardens are open to the public but many areas are deemed unsafe due to the wild and unmanageable plants and unstable structures. This project will aim to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for the public. The Gardens are an incredibly significant, culturally valuable piece of landscape within the region and want plenty of people involved in the project aiding us to restore this magnificent site

What they want people to do?
As well as the conservation and restoration work, Groundwork and Rivington Trust will work with local youth groups, schools and volunteers onsite. They are currently looking to gain local young people’s opinion as to what they think about the Terraced Gardens’ history and how we can encourage more young people to visit and volunteer in order to make Rivington engaging and relevant to young people.
This will be important for Kick the Dust as it will create an understanding of the motivations and barriers young people face when getting involved in heritage and volunteering. They would be grateful if you could fill in a questionnaire about the project.
You can find the questionnaire online at:

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