Jellicoe Water Gardens restoration plans overview
The northern end
In place of the current play area there will be a growing area with raised beds and picnic tables, where horticulture sessions will be held for volunteers to pick up gardening tips and help care for the Gardens. A striking new community building, complementing the Gardens' modernist design, will provide facilities for Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens, volunteers, school groups and learning organisations to get involved in maintenance and environmental tasks.
Access improvements will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the Gardens. These will include adding dropped kerbs at Bridge Street, new footpaths from the car parks to the flower garden and replacing the timber bridge next to the current play area with a wider concrete bridge.
New improved play area
Part of the Water Gardens (south) car park will be added to the flower garden, to provide space for a new play area. This will be a new and exciting facility, specially designed for the Gardens with play features based on Jellicoe’s serpent theme. Next to the play area, the lime avenue will be restored and linked to the terrace. Here, visitors will be able to enjoy a drink from a coffee kiosk, with tables and chairs overlooking the play area and flower displays.
The flower garden opposite Bank Court will be 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 original views Jellicoe created will be revealed throughout the Gardens. Along Waterhouse Street, trees will be removed to restore the grassy underbelly of Jellicoe’s serpent leading to the water’s edge. The two islands in the lake will be removed creating long views and space for model boating to take place. Later additions in the flower garden, including the Discobolus (discus thrower) statue and conifer planting, will be removed to reconnect the flower garden with Bank Court, and the school fields to the west.
Enhancements to the river, including planting to support biodiversity and works to the bank, will improve water quality and create a better environment for fish. New lighting will highlight the Gardens' features and provide safe routes to the car parks. The resurfaced paths, repaired bridges, balconies and repainted railings will restore the Gardens to their 1960s style.
A striking new community building, complementing the Gardens' modernist design, will provide facilities for the Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens, volunteers, school groups and learning organisations to get involved in maintenance and environmental tasks.