Southern Green recently delivered the £3m restoration of Durham's Wharton Park on behalf of Durham County Council. The project received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Parks for People programme,
Judges felt the restoration had transformed the park into an attractive leisure facility for the 21st century while respecting its historic character. They said the vision, design, quality and execution of the work elevated it to outstanding.
As well as winning the 'built environment' and 'places and spaces' categories, the scheme was also given the 'outstanding' award which judges can give to an exemplary entry which far exceeds the category criteria.