IT’S A long way off until summer, but work is already near to being finished for Cannon Hall’s parkland to be restored to its former Georgian ways.

The completion of Cannon Hall’s three-year Parks for People project will see it transformed with a whole host of new things for visitors to see and do. From next month and there will also be a new jetty on the lake.

However, although the new developments are on their way to being finished, there is only thing missing - the boats - which will be arriving ahead of the summer season.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “Cannon Hall’s museum, park and Gagrdens hold such a special place in people’s hearts and have been the setting for many wonderful memories made.

“The Parks for People project will have a huge, positive and long-lasting impact on the area, vastly improving the visitor experience and for this we are extremely grateful to The National Lottery and its players for their continued support without it the project would not have been possible.

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“To see rowing boats on the Georgian lakes once again after centuries will be an incredible moment and to be able to do it right here in Barnsley in such magnificent surroundings will be a real treat.”

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens is offering a unique business opportunity for an experienced entrepreneur who would work in partnership with them on the lakes from May until September each season.

Sharon Sutton, project manager at Parks for People said: “We're really excited about reintroducing boating on the lake at Cannon Hall. We're hoping this will create a small business opportunity for a budding entrepreneur, the boats will be moored at a new jetty on the middle lake, and will run in the warmer months throughout the summer once the Parks for People project is completed in May 2020.”

For more information, email SharonSutton@barnsley.gov.uk