Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd

Gyllyngdune Gardens

Landscape Restoration Design and Implementation (Stages E to L), Heritage Lottery funded project

CEC were commissioned in November 2009 to finalise and implement landscape restoration proposals for Cornwall Council’s Gyllyngdune Gardens site in Falmouth from detail design to construction information and manage the external works to completion in time for the grand re-opening event held in October 2010.

Gyllyngdune Gardens surround the Princess Pavilions, running from Melvill Road in the north to the seafront in the south. Once forming part of one of Falmouth’s largest private estates they were gifted to the Council in 1908 with both the gardens and the Pavilions buildings adapted and developed for public use. The Gardens now comprise two main areas, the upper gardens around the Princess Pavilions, and the lower, quarry garden off Cliff Road, which are connected by a narrow link path, both areas are in need of restoration though fortunately the majority of historic features are still in place.

Landscape restoration proposals include new outdoor terraces for the café and bar, rebuilding the original greenhouse, creating a new fountain garden, reinstating the old rose walk to the lower garden, restoring Shell Grottos in the Quarry and re-opening the tunnel to Cliff Road. A granite gravel step free route was created to allow easier access through the site from the seafront to the Pavilions with new pedestrian entrances off adjacent residential roads. Bespoke rose arches and gates were made by a local blacksmith and new benches moulded at a local foundry based on templates recovered from a Steamer that used to be based in Falmouth.

A new play area designed by local school children incorporating Morgawr the sea dragon of Falmouth Bay with bespoke features crafted by local specialists was constructed as part of the works in early 2010. An outline planting plan for the site defining themes and plant lists by area and use which also reflect the area’s plant collecting heritage was developed by CEC along with Cornwall Council’s Parks team who was responsible for implementing the soft works. The buildings were also restored and improved to meet current and future operational requirements under the supervision of Long Kentish Architects, including a new cafe and restaurant.

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