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Westgate Park and Gardens, Canterbury City Council

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Enhancing Westgate Park and Gardens

About

Westgate Park is situated in the beautiful historic City of Canterbury. The park is made up of Westgate Gardens, Tannery Field, Toddlers Cove and Bingley Island, and together they form a charming stretch of recreational land. The park hosts a range of events all year around, attracting visitors from near and far. Cantebury City Council wanted to engage their visitors by exploring the history of the park, opening up the idea for historic interpretation to be placed around the park.

Project Motivation

Having secured HLF grant funding, Canterbury City Council were looking to tell the many stories that made up the history and heritage of Westgate Park and Gardens. Our creative team (www.fwdpcreative.co.uk) undertook research and copywriting to develop the interpretive themes, designing engaging and interactive interpretation displays, and our manufacturing division realised our vision through to final installation.

Low cost Chelmer lecterns with full colour n-viro™ prints (request a sample) made up the bulk of the deliverables, providing simple yet robust interpretation displays, with illustrated cast bronze plaques set into the ground to enhance the sense of place.

Many activities are held in Westgate Park and Gardens, including educational school visits, and interactive rubbing plaques added a discovery element to the interpretive experience, encouraging visitors to explore further and learn more.