Readers will probably know that Whitehead Gardens in Tottington were donated by the Whitehead Family of Stormer Hill as a memorial to those who died as a result of the V1 attack on Christmas Eve 1944.

The Whitehead Gardens Project emerged from a study by the children of Tottington Primary School in liaison with Tottington and Bury West Rotary Club.

The Whitehead Gardens Steering Group comprising members of Tottington and Bury West Rotary Club and members of the local community has been formed to lead and manage current and future developments.

The Project has made significant inroads into improving the area with a complete refurbishment of the boundary wall adjacent to Chapel Street, installation of signage, restoration of flower beds, restoration of what had been a lost pathway and cleaning of the paths.

It is envisaged that Whitehead Gardens will feature information boards and will also be the starting point for a virtual heritage trail which Tottington and Bury West Rotary are developing in liaison with Tottington Primary School.

So, where do we go from here?

We are now in a position to move to the next phase and bid for further funding to launch the major refurbishment and development project which we envisage will include work on the trees, paths and dilapidated bandstand, the memorial and much more which will be led and managed by a professional and experienced project management company.

In addition to refurbishment work, we are looking to develop Whitehead Gardens to attract more visitors.

We are currently engaged in a major initial consultation of the local community and encourage you to tell us your ideas.

Please visit the Bury MBC One Community Website at: by no later than 31st July 2020

(photo kindly provided by Lazy Like Sunday)