Sitting pretty in centenary garden

Opening of the centenary garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain, pictured centre, did the honours

Opening of the centenary garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain, pictured centre, did the honours

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Visitors to Centre Vale Park will be sitting pretty in a centenary seating area specially created to mark its 100th birthday.

To celebrate 100 years of Centre Vale Park, a commemorative seating area has been installed and will form the heart of a new garden in front of the old mansion.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain officially opened the seating area during a ceremony last week, attended by members of the Friends of Centre Vale Park and other local groups.

Coun Hussain said: “It’s a pleasure to be here to open this centenary garden.

“I hope it is going to get a lot of visitors and tourists to the area.”

Todmorden Borough Council bought Centre Vale Park from the Fielden family in 1912 for use as a public park.

The Friends of Centre Vale Park decided it would be a good idea to commemorate the park’s centenary, so they organised the work on site.

A new seating wall was built by stonemason Tom Creese, using stone from the mansion and recycled stone window sills from a local mill.

Local stonecutter Richard Whitaker carved these with the dates 1912 and 2012.

Todmorden Town Council gave a grant to carry out the work and the park’s staff helped in ensuring everything went to plan.

Todmorden Inner Wheel and Rotary Club have donated a bench to commemorate the life of June Buckley.

This has been incorporated into the gravel area in front of the wall.

Wildflower seeds have been sown at the front of the wall to give a display of colour during the summer.

The Friends are planning a more permanent garden, including a white cherry tree, which will be planted in the autumn.

A spokesperson for the Friends said: “We hope people will come to the new seating area and enjoy the beautiful views across the park to Whirlaw, Stoodley Pike and along the Burnley valley.”

The Friends also thanked Ken Sutcliffe for shaping the groundworks and tree surgeon Ian Clarkson who cut back a holly tree which obscured the panoramic views.