Opened on the 22nd of July at Hemel Hempstead
HTA's restoration of The Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead opened on the 22nd July. The Gardens were designed by the renowned landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe 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 project creates a revitalised and well-used park with a serpentine woodland walk along the River Gade contrasted with smooth flowing grass lawns to the water's edge on the other side of the river. The centrepiece of the Water Gardens is its restored flower garden, with massed roses and colourful perennial planting set within a formal grid of beds.
As part of the works, Jellicoe's arched bridges over the Gade were renewed. New facilities have been provided to increase use and encourage people to stay longer. These include a new play space and a pavilion set within a working garden to provide facilities for the gardener and friends of the park.