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Jellicoe Water Gardens restoration

Friends' garden and building

Near to the mound at Combe Street there is a new community garden with raised beds and a large picnic table, where horticulture sessions will be held for volunteers to pick up gardening tips and help care for the Gardens. A striking new building complementing the Gardens' modernist design has been added to provide facilities for the Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens, volunteers, school groups and learning organisations involved in maintenance and environmental tasks.

Improved play area

Between the flower garden and Water Gardens (South) car park there's a new play area to discover. This is an exciting facility, specially designed for the Gardens with play features based on Jellicoe’s serpent theme. Next to the play area, the lime avenue has been restored and linked to the terrace. Here, visitors will soon be able to enjoy a drink from a coffee kiosk, with tables and chairs overlooking the play area and flower displays.

The flower garden

The flower garden opposite Bank Court is a space everyone can enjoy, with colourful planting inspired by Susan Jellicoe’s original scheme, new benches following the design chosen by Geoffrey Jellicoe, and a widened terrace with space for events and seating for school groups.

The lake

The original views Jellicoe created have been revealed throughout the Gardens. Along the water's edge on Waterhouse Street the grassy underbelly of Jellicoe’s serpent has been restored. At the lake, two islands have been removed to reveal Jellicoe's long views, and new platforms added for model boating. Later additions in the flower garden, such as the Discobolus (discus thrower) statue and conifer planting, have been removed to reconnect the flower garden with Bank Court and the school fields to the west.

Environmental improvements

Enhancements to the river, including planting to support biodiversity and works to the bank, have improved water quality and created a better environment for fish. New lighting highlights the Gardens' features and provides safe routes to the car parks. The resurfaced paths, repaired bridges, balconies and repainted railings have restored the Gardens to their 1960s style.