Woman behind £3.2m. Towneley Hall transformation scheme leaves

Burnley Council's head of green spaces and amenities Simon Goff presents Annette Birch with a bunch of flowers on the occasion of her leaving after masterminding the heritage lottery fund at Towneley Hall. A310311/3a

Burnley Council's head of green spaces and amenities Simon Goff presents Annette Birch with a bunch of flowers on the occasion of her leaving after masterminding the heritage lottery fund at Towneley Hall. A310311/3a

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THE woman behind a £3.2m. scheme that transformed Burnley’s “jewel in the crown” has left to take on a new challenge.

Annette Birch spent seven years working for Burnley Council as project manager for the restoration of Towneley Park. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the council, the project transformed the face of the park, providing new facilities for visitors including new toilets, car parking and landscaping. Historic landscape features such as the pond, ornamental gardens and woodland were also restored.

Mr Simon Goff, Head of Green Spaces and Amenities for Burnley Council, said Annette had done an excellent job. Also paying tribute to Annette was Maureen Frankland, Chairman of the Friends of Towneley group, who said: “We are really sad to see Annette leave as she has worked very closely with the Friends and has done so much to improve Towneley for the benefit of everyone who visits.”

Annette has now taken up a new post as project manager of a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to restore a cemetery in Liverpool.