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Sunderland Split Festival treated park venue with respect

Music fans at the Split Festival in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, brave Sunday's adverse weather conditions to watch The Generals on the main stage.

Music fans at the Split Festival in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, brave Sunday's adverse weather conditions to watch The Generals on the main stage.

BOSSES have praised the 7,000 Split Festival music fans who treated Mowbray Park with respect.

Ahead of last weekend’s music spectacular, Friends of Mowbray Park expressed concern over the welfare of the park’s prized flower beds and green spaces.

But organisers put fences around seasonal flowers and railings around the perennial rose beds, which were successful in protecting the park’s blooms.

Some damage was caused to grassed areas thanks to a combination of heavy rain and vehicles bringing in equipment, but it is being repaired.

Friends of Mowbray Park chairman Sylvia Smith said: “We don’t think Mowbray Park was suitable for the event as it’s not built for events.

“It wasn’t ideal, but the damage is not as bad as it could have been, and in a month it will be back to normal.”

The Split team are working with the council’s parks department to roll and re-seed the damaged areas of grass.

Rob Deverson, event director, said: “We did everything that was asked of us.

“The slight damage is compaction in a couple of areas from tyres, but we are re-seeding this so that in a few weeks it will look like Split never happened there. It’s a beautiful park and we were committed to protecting it.”

Split was granted a one-off licence to stage the festival at Mowbray Park, and it is not thought the event will be held there again.

 

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