To celebrate the Millennium a neglected piece of the Village Green behind the Old Reading Room was turned into an attractive feature which provides seating with some protection from the wind and a good view of our lovely estuary. It was opened in September 2001 by Eric Robson, who is seen in the right-hand picture with Norman Williams, then Mayor of Copeland. On the left the artist Maggy Howarth is seen installing the cobble mosaic which is featured on our masthead.
The Millennium Garden was the product of two years’ work. Chris Greenwood, the LDNPA’s Landscape Architect, planned and supervised the work. The National Park’s Estate Team did the construction. The National Park also donated £6000-worth of materials and managed the project. Other sponsorship came from Copeland Borough Council, Muncaster Parish Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environmental Trust, the Friends of the Lake District, Ravenglass Charter Fair, Cumbria Community Foundation, BNFL Community Support and Tesco, Whitehaven. The Ravenglass Boating Association donated the flagpole.
Village people became actively involved in the project. A children’s design workshop produced ideas which Maggy Howarth incorporated into her mosaic. After the opening ceremony Ravenglass WI provided a splendid tea.