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Gyllyngdune Gardens restoration

Steps at Gyllyngdune Gardens

March 2010

CEC Landscape are celebrating being chosen as Cornwall Council’s Landscape Consultant to detail and oversee the restoration of the well-known Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth.

The picturesque public gardens, adjoining the Princess Pavilions, overlook both the Fal estuary and the Falmouth sea front and have recently been the recipient of significant Heritage Lottery Fund capital investment to restore their historic setting.

Originally part of a private estate, the land was donated to the Town Council in Edwardian times and the Gardens were created for the benefit of the local community. The Gardens 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.

Birgit Hontzsch, CEC Senior Landscape Architect said;

‘We are extremely pleased to have won this exciting project and are looking forward to delivering a sensitive restoration scheme, that will conserve an important piece of Falmouth’s landscape history whilst also creating a vibrant open space for local people and visitors alike.’

Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the Environment, said: “It’s great to see that this exciting project in such a beautiful location will soon be under way. We have ambitious plans for the restoration of this unique space and we are sure that CEC will do a great job.”

“Work on the childrens play area has already started and this initial phase of the project should be complete by June.The end result will be not just a fantastic place for residents and visitors alike but also a reminder of the amazing heritage to be found in the area.”

CEC Landscape will work with Cornwall Council, Carrick Leisure Services, Long and Kentish Architects and other members of the project team to finalise the detailed design, prepare tender and contract documents and supervise the implementation of the hard and soft landscape works on site. The contract has already begun with the main phase of works scheduled to commence in autumn 2010, and completion planned for the grand opening of the restored gardens in 2011.

The landscape restoration proposals include new outdoor terraces for the café and bar, a new play area incorporating Morgawr the sea dragon of Falmouth Bay, rebuilding the original greenhouse, a new fountain garden, restoring the old rose walk to the lower garden and Shell Grottos in the Quarry and re-opening the tunnel to Cliff Road

This entry was posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 10:21 am and is filed under News.

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