Southern Green will be developing design proposals for submission to HLF by the end of February 2016 and then, if successful, will oversee the restoration work for completion in the summer of 2017, so that the park can play a part in the City’s UK City of Culture celebrations.
Southern Green is thrilled to have been appointed by Hull City Council to lead the HLF funded restoration of Pearson Park. This was Hull’s first public park, and was left in Trust in 1860 to the citizens of Hull by ship-owner Zachariah Charles Pearson. Shortly after this, Pearson became bankrupt due to a loss of ships that were attempting trade with the Confederate States during the United States Civil War.
The park is registered by Heritage England and was designed in a traditional early Victorian design, similar to Birkenhead Park and Central Park, New York, with open grassed areas punctuated by trees and shrubs and serpentine paths running around the periphery. Original features included a pond, an aviary, a bandstand, a conservatory and statues, many of which still remain. The park is encircled by a carriage drive and some grand villas, one of which was home to the poet Philip Larkin.