Funding bid for park

Belleisle Park in South Ayrshire has received initial support for a £1.5 million funding bid.

The figure includes £60,000 development funding which will be used to work up the details of the full project.

Belleisle Park was originally designed by Dr John Campbell of Wellwood, a local businessman who made his fortune in the coalmining and tobacco trade, and bought the estate in 1775.

South Ayrshire Council aims to conserve the park’s remaining historic features such as the stable block, walled garden, lodge house and rockeries. A Friends Group will also support various volunteer training activities and public events.