The Water Gardens
On Saturday the 23rd of June HTA hosted their annual picnic for staff – this year the big event was held in Hemel Hempstead for a visit to our restoration of The Jellicoe Water Gardens!
The day kicked off with a tour of the project given by Partner and Head of Landscape Design, James Lord. The Gardens were designed by the renowned landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1962 and are a highly significant example of post-war twentieth century modernist landscape. They were placed on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in 2010. The restoration began in 2012 and was completed in 2017 – and are now once again an outstanding public space and source of pride to local residents.
The Water Gardens project preserves a rare and highly significant example of mid twentieth century design. It restores its lost character, creating a revitalised, well used and busy park that functions as the primary open space for the town centre as was intended.
Once the tour had finished the crowd made their way up to Gadebridge Park to begin the festivities in classic HTA style – with some delicious food, some chilled prosecco, and an abundance of games for everyone to get involved in. All this made for another spectacular day of fun-in-the-sun for HTA staff, friends, partners, and kids. From Peep Boards and Strongman Strikers to frisbees and a few water-fights that got a bit out-of-hand; there was definitely no shortage of entertainment!