HUDDERSFIELD’S Greenhead Park is going even more “green’’.
A series of environmentally-friendly projects is being incorporated into the £5m regeneration plan for the Victorian park.
The restoration work, which is being financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kirklees Council, is re-using materials and taking future maintenance into account.
Cutting-edge green technology has been installed to heat the new café and other buildings.
Contractors are installing a ground source heat pump, which features an underground pipe system containing ethanol, which draws heat from the ground.
Rubble from building works has been re-used as the sub-base for the footpaths and any big pieces of stone have been used in buildings or walls where possible.
A new lake will utilise a system of collecting rainwater.
The lake replicates the largest of the five original lakes in the park, which was filled in during the 1950s because it leaked. The new lake is a copy of the original but has a better liner.
Improved drainage on the main site will help the lake harvest rainwater rather than using water from the mains supply.
Soil extracted during work on the lake has been re-used in the main events area.
Eighty new trees have been planted to replace those removed to allow for improvement work to be carried out and others which were diseased.
The new trees include cherry, lime and oak, all of which are native species ideal for this site.
The avenue of trees lost to Dutch Elm Disease is being replaced with 42 small-leaved lime trees planted from the bottom gates of the park up to the war memorial.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The Greenhead Park Restoration Project will create a great space for families to enjoy, with new features as well as some restored old favourites.Š
“Work on the multi-million pound refurbishment is expected to be completed in the autumn followed by completion of work on the new conservatory.”
Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “We are all looking forward to the completion of the new and refurbished facilities in the park and I am sure that visitors and Huddersfield residents alike will be able to make use of them in the very near future.
“It is even better that the refurbishment project can make the most of green technology as well as re-using materials to cut costs and save money.
“This extensive scheme will see a new café, conservatory restaurant, new state-of-the-art play area and will restore some of the original features which have been lost over time such as the lake and tree-lined avenues.
“It will also herald better security with railings and new entrances.”