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Over the past few years a group of residents, led by Mr Paul Harston, has worked hard to bring the disused quarry site on Fagl Lane into public use, so it was with great pleasure that Paul and his colleagues recently made the following announcement:A view over the Fagl Lane Quarry looking to Hope Mountain Photograph of the park taken from an original by Delwyn Ellis


Lord Barry Jones secures land for Roman Ford and Country Park.

Hanson UK Chief Executive Patrick O’Shea has donated all of the Hanson land holdings at Fagl lane Quarry, near Hope, Flintshire to Park in The Past Community Interest Company.

Lord Barry Jones, an enthusiastic supporter of the ambitious plans to build a Roman Fort and restored ancient landscape, recently made a written appeal for support to the Hanson UK CEO, with dramatic results.

Paul Harston, Managing Director of Park in The Past said “I could hardly believe it when I heard. Actually I was on a train to Liverpool dressed as a Roman Centurion for a corporate event, so when I started jumping up and down, I don’t think the other passengers could quite believe it either!”

“We have been in protracted negotiations to acquire the land for over 2 years now, and although this gift is dependent on our buying the northern half of the site from a private owner, we are now in a position to close the deal and get on with the real work.”

There has been a great deal of activity going on behind the scenes to enable us to hit the ground running: our team of professional ecologists from Enfys Ecology have almost completed a full ecological survey of the site, so we can establish exactly what wildlife is already present. We are about to start work on a detailed management plan, for which we have already provisionally awarded the contract.

The first 2 years of operation are going to be the most difficult, as with any start up enterprise. We are launching an appeal for people who want to help make this community project happen to become a “Friend of Park in The Past” and to make a small monthly donation to help cover esssential development costs and overheads. This is essential if the project is to survive until it can start generating income from commercial activities. Everyone who subscribes during this early period will gain special status as a “founder friend”, which will entitle them to special concessions in the future. We will be launching our website very soon at www.parkinthepast.org.uk

Hanson UK CEO Patrick O’Shea said: “The project has the potential for considerable educational, economic and community benefits and we are delighted to add our support by donating the land.”

Park in the Past Community Interest Company is registered in Wales. Reg. No.8894474. VAT No. 182 0332 38
Registered address: 20 Bryn Yorkin, Caergwrle, WREXHAM, LL12 9HU
Directors: Paul Harston: Amanda Brewer BSC.MRICS:Robin Brown BSc