Whitehead Gardens (Tottington) Restoration Project

Who's consulting?

Tottington & Bury West Rotary

Why are they consulting?

They want your ideas - 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 study focused on ways to enhance the village of Tottington and it revealed that Whitehead Gardens were in need of restoration and development.

A steering group comprising members of Tottington and Bury West Rotary Club and the local community has been formed to lead and manage developments at Whitehead Gardens.

The Whitehead Family no longer resides at Stormer Hill but we have contacted them. They are taking a great deal of interest in the project and we are consulting them about all developments.

The work so far:

Last year, Phase One of the Whitehead Gardens Project saw

  • Refurbishment of the 82 metre boundary wall adjacent to Chapel Street.
  • Signage for the gardens and to credit those who have contributed to the project.
  • Signage to direct those with disabilities to the north entrance where there is level access

This year, Phase Two has focused on further work (with help from Tottington Primary School)

  • The flower bed along the boundary wall weeded out and replanted by Rotarians and pupils together with a joint litter pick of the area
  • One of the pathways in the gardens had been completely “lost” over time and buried under a fallen tree and plant debris. Rotarians have cleared the path and constructed a dry hedge.
  • The Council have cleaned moss from the pathways throughout the gardens.
  • The wall adjacent to the entrance steps has been damaged but remedial work is in hand.

What next?

  • Whitehead Gardens will be a starting point for a heritage trail.
  • Installation of an information board in Whitehead Gardens about the history of the Whitehead Family and why they are there.
  • This to include information and a map showing the heritage trail including how to access on-line information about points of interest. The online information will be developed by Tottington Primary School pupils, with a short video presentation about the significance of each way point as it is visited.
  • Whitehead Gardens features mature trees and shrubs which over the years have become overgrown and out of control. It is dark in places, due to excessive leaf cover, and close grouping of trees and shrubs restricts the growth of plants at ground level.
  • An arboricultural consultancy will provide us with a management plan with a range of options for the future.
  • Funding will be applied for to refurbish Whitehead Gardens including work on the trees, paths and dilapidated bandstand.

To read more details on Whitehead Gardens please click here for the full newsletter report


Over to you!


We would welcome any views or ideas on the how Whitehead gardens should look and be used in the future.

Please use the ideas tab below, you may even like ideas other people have posted, if you do, give them a like by clicking the heart symbol.



Who's consulting?

Tottington & Bury West Rotary

Why are they consulting?

They want your ideas - 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 study focused on ways to enhance the village of Tottington and it revealed that Whitehead Gardens were in need of restoration and development.

A steering group comprising members of Tottington and Bury West Rotary Club and the local community has been formed to lead and manage developments at Whitehead Gardens.

The Whitehead Family no longer resides at Stormer Hill but we have contacted them. They are taking a great deal of interest in the project and we are consulting them about all developments.

The work so far:

Last year, Phase One of the Whitehead Gardens Project saw

  • Refurbishment of the 82 metre boundary wall adjacent to Chapel Street.
  • Signage for the gardens and to credit those who have contributed to the project.
  • Signage to direct those with disabilities to the north entrance where there is level access

This year, Phase Two has focused on further work (with help from Tottington Primary School)

  • The flower bed along the boundary wall weeded out and replanted by Rotarians and pupils together with a joint litter pick of the area
  • One of the pathways in the gardens had been completely “lost” over time and buried under a fallen tree and plant debris. Rotarians have cleared the path and constructed a dry hedge.
  • The Council have cleaned moss from the pathways throughout the gardens.
  • The wall adjacent to the entrance steps has been damaged but remedial work is in hand.

What next?

  • Whitehead Gardens will be a starting point for a heritage trail.
  • Installation of an information board in Whitehead Gardens about the history of the Whitehead Family and why they are there.
  • This to include information and a map showing the heritage trail including how to access on-line information about points of interest. The online information will be developed by Tottington Primary School pupils, with a short video presentation about the significance of each way point as it is visited.
  • Whitehead Gardens features mature trees and shrubs which over the years have become overgrown and out of control. It is dark in places, due to excessive leaf cover, and close grouping of trees and shrubs restricts the growth of plants at ground level.
  • An arboricultural consultancy will provide us with a management plan with a range of options for the future.
  • Funding will be applied for to refurbish Whitehead Gardens including work on the trees, paths and dilapidated bandstand.

To read more details on Whitehead Gardens please click here for the full newsletter report


Over to you!


We would welcome any views or ideas on the how Whitehead gardens should look and be used in the future.

Please use the ideas tab below, you may even like ideas other people have posted, if you do, give them a like by clicking the heart symbol.