Heritage Lottery Restoration 08/09
This is what was done to restore South Park Gardens to its former glory:
- Diseased, dying and unwanted trees were removed from the Gardens to open up the vistas and retain the best specimens.
- The borders were dug over and compost introduced to improve the soil quality.
- New shrubs were planted in the borders and new trees planted in agreed sites throughout the Gardens.
- Paths were dug up and old materials removed from the site. Some of the waste material was re-used in accordance with our policies on conservation, recycling and sustainability.
- A mini-beast sanctuary was created in the northeast corner of the Gardens.
- ‘Soft spots’ and underground drainage issues were dealt with and tree roots protected or re-routed prior to the paths being resurfaced.
- New path surfaces were laid.
- The fountain was removed for restoration and later re-installed.
- The horse trough was cleaned up and re-sited very close to its old position.
- New benches were installed.
- New waste bins and dog-waste bins were installed.
- Notice boards were sited inside the two main gates at Trinity and Dudley Roads.
- New kick rails were installed around certain flowerbeds.
- A wild flower meadow was created around the large cedar tree in the northeast corner of the Gardens.
- New trellising was erected to screen the gardeners’ mess room.
- A new fence was installed to the gardeners’ compound.
- A security fence was added in the northeast corner at a point that was regularly used by people climbing over the railings at night.
- The central flowerbeds were planted with a mixture of shrubs and flowers.