Runcorn Hill Park

About us

Runcorn Hill Park is a substantial public park in the borough of Halton. The Park extends over 32 hectares of both semi-natural landscape and more formal ground which provide an invaluable resource for residents and visitors. The park comprises a great variety of landscape characters, including: a dis-used nineteenth-century quarry with derelict 1920′s landscape valley, early twentieth-century formal gardens, open playing fields, oak-birch woodland and a locally important area of lowland heath. The formal grounds of the Park are centrally placed, with the heath and wooded quarries to their west and the open fields to their east. The park facilities include a bandstand, putting green, bowling green, boating lake, tennis courts and a network of footpaths and bridleways.

Halton Borough Council was successful in securing a total of £2 million funding consisting of £1.3 million HLF Parks for People funding and additional match funding for the restoration, interpretation and improvement needed for the Park to develop and succeed, and for its merits to be enjoyed and offered to a wider audience.

Responding to community survey work, the project will help people to:

The project will conserve, restore and develop the diverse historic elements of the Park, and provide new and improved visitor facilities. The project will also focus on the Park’s unique industrial and social heritage and will encourage new interest in the Park from a wider audience across a broader catchment area.


Siobhan Royle, Parks Conservation Partnership officer, who is responsible for the volunteer groups and management of the conservation works going on, on site.

Michelle Shuker, Community Engagement officer, who is responsible for the putting on new and exciting events that will be taking place on site and to work with community groups and schools on activities throughout the site.

Find Us

Runcorn Hill Park is located off Highlands Road and has not always been the quiet natural place that it is today. From 1734 it was a busy, noisy sandstone quarry producing the stone for building works as far apart as Liverpool Cathedral and New York Harbour.

The park hosts an impressive array of facilities for visitors offering good parking, comprehensive play facilities; bowling and putting greens; model boating lake; floodlit tennis and a basketball ring. Recently the old bandstand was re-introduced and hosts a number of musical events and activities throughout the summer.

Runcorn Hill Park holds the coveted Green Flag Award, which is a quality mark administered by Keep Britain Tidy. This national standard for parks and green spaces is a key component of the Government’s commitment to create cleaner, safer and greener communities.

Get in touch

Siobhan Royle
Parks Conservation Partnership officer
Open Space Services-Design &Development Team
Halton Borough Council,
Picow Farm Depot,
Runcorn, WA7 4UB
Tel: 0151 5116576
Mob: 07769363251

Michelle Shuker
Community Engagement officer
Open Space Services-Design &Development Team
Halton Borough Council,
Picow Farm Depot,
Runcorn, WA7 4UB
Mob: 07717701895
Tel: 0151 5116580

Volunteers and Conservation

Volunteering events take place every Thursday and Friday 10am At the Visitors centre, Runcorn Hill Park, in the formal gardens where the tennis courts and bowling greens are.

Further information about the nature on Runcorn hill and how it is being looked after and protected can be found in the Runcorn Hill Park Project document.

On the 31st March 2014 a group of Horticultural students from St Helens college, came to runcorn hill and planted tree whips in order to create a hedge that will create a boundary between the new visitors centre and the woodland behind.

On December the 21st 2013 a tree plant with the Mayor of Runcorn and the Volunteers of runcorn hill carried out a tree plant to launch the lottery funded project for runcorn hill.

For the Past couple of months a group of conservation volunteers have been out and about on Runcorn hill park’s nature reserve, carrying out much needed works to change a declining heathland habitat, an area that looked more woodland than heathland back to the beauty of a heathland habitat.

This picture is what the area looked like before the volunteers got to work, its over grown with bracken and trees making this area look more woodland than heathland.

this is the area now, it no longer looks like a woodland and with all the space the heather shrubs will have the freedom to grow and spread through the area. This will increase the heathland of the site and encourage more heathland flora and fauna to the area.