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See: Roberts Park Restoration Index | This article added: 27 September 2007.

ROUND 3: Consultation period for the restoration of Roberts Park
Roberts Park, Saltaire - Consultation on Final Designs
September - October 2007

Get involved in shaping the future of your park...

HTLAMessage from HTLA: Over this summer, we have been asking you about your hopes for the future of Roberts Park. We have been delighted with the interest and enthusiasm you’ve shown. Your opinions have helped us to develop restoration plans for the park. We are now pleased to present our final designs.

Please fill in a questionnaire to tell us what you think. Thank you for your continuing support. This is your last opportunity to help us build a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We need your help to make Roberts Park a beautiful and sustainable place, to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Below - some information taken directly from the plans, with links to the plans. Don't forget to fill in a questionnaire to express your views.

Online questionnaires:
  • Round 3, adults questionnaire (link removed)
  • Round 3, children's questionnaire (link removed)
  • Please note that HTLA asked us to remove the links to the questionnaires 10 October 2007.

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The Planting Plan

FlowerOne of the main aims of the restoration of Roberts Park is to recreate, through planting, some of its original atmosphere. In the late 19 century, beds, trees and lawns would have been well-tended, by a large team of gardeners. Herbaceous displays would have been changed twice a year, at considerable expense and effort. Plants were labelled, in an attempt to help educate Saltaire residents. An early 20th century
postcard of the promenade shows that beds here were elaborate, densely planted and colourful. A pamphlet produced by Salt, Sons and Co. in 1895 described the Park as ‘one of the most beautiful in the world’, with ‘an abundant show of floral bloom the year round’.

The basic layout of the original planting at Roberts Park, dating from the 1870s, has survived almost in its entirety and includes planting beds, shrubs and trees. Many of you remember the Park in better days, with varied and colourful planting. Over time, however, the details, including the defined edges of the beds along the promenade, and most of the plants, have been lost. The plan of the west lawn and promenade, illustrates how we intend to rejuvenate the Park planting, using a wide range of plants and trees to provide colour, texture, scent and beauty throughout the year.

The new planting will include: trees, including the Indian bean tree, several varieties of magnolia and the ‘Jelena’ witch hazel, which has striking, red, autumn leaves; shrubs, including yew, euonymous, berberis and dogwood, which exhibit a variety of colours, textures and habits; bulbs, such as grape hyacinth, stinking iris (a beautiful, native plant which only releases its ‘perfume’ when its leaves are crushed!), cyclamen and a striking variety of narcissus called ‘Pheasant’s Eye’; flowering shrubs and herbaceous perennials, including geranium ‘Ann Folkard’, daylily ‘Golden Chimes’, hydrangea ‘Ayesha’ and the sweetly scented rugosa rose ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’; ferns, including southern polypody and the soft shield fern.

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The Building Plan

Roberts Park, North Shelter building plan

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The Landscape Plan

Over this summer, we have been asking you, the users of Roberts Park, to tell us what you like about the Park and to suggest improvements. Your comments have helped us to develop designs for the restored landscape and buildings and to understand the kinds of activities people would like to take part in there. Your key ambitions for the Park are summarised as follows:

  • Repairs to the buildings and infrastructure.
  • Off-site information on events and facilities in the Park.
  • More signs, leaflets and displays in the Park, explaining its history,
    facilities etc.
  • Toilets open from dusk till dawn.
  • A café serving hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

On the disused bowling greens, some of the following:

  • oversized games, such as chess and jenga;
  • a lawn with flower borders, to be cared for and developed by a
    gardening club and / or school groups;
  • a herb garden;
  • an international garden.

A park manager, providing a visible presence outside in the Park; organising management and maintenance; providing information on events and facilities in the Park; and sharing knowledge of the Park's history and plants.

The following events and facilities:

  • a play area for children of all ages, with adventure equipment,
    swings and slides and climbing nets;
  • canoes / rowing on the river;
  • themed walks, particularly history, nature and a riverside walk;
  • equipment on loan for group games;
  • learning packs for visiting educational groups;
  • sheltered areas for sitting, eating packed lunch etc;
  • outdoor art and sculpture;
  • a wide range of music concerts.
  • No vehicle parking in the Park.
  • A reduction in perceived and actual antisocial behaviour.

The plan shows how we have incorporated these aspirations into the final designs for the restored Park. We hope these will allow your continued enjoyment of Roberts Park for years to come.

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Colour Policy

Roberts Park restoriation - colour policy

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The Bandstand

Roberts Park, proposed bandstandThroughout the consultation one of the key words you identified which summarised the character of Roberts Park was MUSIC. A major element of the restoration scheme, therefore, will be to reinstate a bandstand on the site of the original structure. This will be no ordinary bandstand, however, but will be a piece of art in the heart of the Park. It will feature a magnificent light display and will be focal point for performances. The lighting will have the ability to change colour and can be sound activated or manually controlled.

In the design we hope to incorporate the alpaca, the wool of which made Titus Salt his money, and even the Bradford boar! Two of the trees in the park near to the bandstand will also be lit to give depth to the lighting display. The horseshoe shaped lawn overlooking the bandstand will be terraced to provide a perfect viewing point for the many fantastic concerts, events and community activities in the future.

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With thanks to the Bradford District Council, Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery.





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