Friends of Saltwell Park - Commitment to HeritageACT!
Opened in 1876 Saltwell Park soon became known as the ‘People’s Park’. It is Grade ll listed and on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens for its special historic interest. Within its 55 acres it has 12 Grade ll listed structures including ornate entrance gates, the Salte Welle and Saltwell Towers, the mansion house and former residence of William Wailes (1808-1881) the renowned stained glass manufacturer.
The Friends of Saltwell Park was established in 2005 and with over 200 members it is considered as a major stakeholder in regards to the future well-being and development of the Park. To that end and following a widespread consultation in June 2016 we have put ‘Community, Environment and Heritage’ at the core of our development strategy.
As part of our Heritage Programme and under guidance from the Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum through HeritageACT! we are planning to become involved in Historic England’s ‘Enrich the List’ programme. This encourages contributions from the public and community groups to help keep information and records on England’s historic buildings and places of interest relevant and up to date.
As a continuation of our June consultation the Friends are developing our community and volunteer network and see this as a valuable resource to help deliver the Heritage element of our strategy and hopefully begin the process of protecting Saltwell Park’s unique 12 listed structures for years to come.
Michael Turner, Chairman, Friends of Saltwell Park