To prepare the beds and borders at Pannett Park for planting this winter 540 cubic metres of well rotted farmyard manure, and another 540 cubic metres of PAS 100 standard municipal compost, will each be spread to a depth of 100mm and cultivated in. This process is programmed to take several weeks during the early Autumn.
This season's shrub planting starts on a modest scale next to the new Play Area near St. Hilda's Terrace. Planting left off here at the end of last season in April 2009. A comprehensive programme of replanting trees, shrubs, and perennials will be carried out throughout the Park over the winter, following completion of the current footpath and cultivation works in November.
Columns for the Lilly Pool Pavillion have been turned in jurassic sandstone by craftsmen at Dunhouse Quarry. The columns will support the front of the Pavillion overloooking the Lily Pool. The sections of the columns will be dowelled together with stainless steel pins.
The first major project milestone was reached with the opening of the maritime themed children's play area. It was estimated that up to 1000 adults and children attended. Children's fancy dress prize winners opened the play area assisted by the Mayor of Whitby (Terry Jennison) and Captain Cook Harry Collett). The event was an overwhelming success.
The Play area is completed in time for the official opening on 5th August. In just over three months the site has been transformed from a waterlogged plateau with two elderly swings to an exciting contemporary play area which will delight children from Whitby and much further afield.