Keswick Greenspace Strategy: care, maintenance and improvement

15 August 2006 | blog, small towns, strategy

Hope Park in Keswick
This Greenspace Strategy for Keswick has been commissioned by Keswick Area Partnership Ltd and is the first greenspace strategy for the town. It will set out a vision and aims for all greenspace within the town and the study will involve the local community to a great extent in the development of proposals for care, maintenance and improvement of facilities.

Keswick has a superb natural setting – a constant backdrop that brings quality and character to views of almost all parts of the town. Derwentwater is the principal attraction and access to it is within easy reach of the town centre. The sporadic nature of 20th century development, particularly in the east of the town has resulted in the retention of large areas of open ground giving the edges of Keswick a very open and green character. The town has two well located and attractive traditional urban greenspaces – Fitz and Hope Parks – and an extensive network of natural and semi-natural linear green routes. However it appears to have few play areas. These are just initial views and more detail and local comment will emerge from the study.

This greenspace strategy has considered all land greater than 0.5 hectares that is used formally or informally for recreation or is managed for nature conservation or visual amenity. Land owned or managed by Allerdale Borough Council, Keswick Town Council, The National Trust or charitable trusts or other parties has been considered as part of the strategy, except where public access is not possible – for example in the case of agricultural land over which there is no right of access or private gardens. The strategy covers the whole of the town together with the major linear greenspaces that extend into the surrounding landscape.

Keswick Greenspace Photogallery:


Outcome:Keswick Greenspace Strategy

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.