of Marine Cove gardens wins £344k lotto boost
project to redevelop Burnham-On-Sea Marine Cove gardens has been
given a massive boost today (Monday, July 5th) with the news that
it is has been awarded £344,200 of National Lottery funding.
District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it has been successful
in being awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore
the vandalism-hit public gardens on Burnham seafront.
The news comes after several years of work by members and officers
at Sedgemoor District Council, the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens,
and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, which has pledged £14,500
towards the project.
two-stage process for applying for the money included writing
a bid, setting up a Friends of Marine Cove Gardens group, and
consultating on preservation to ensure the designs were fully
Cllr Ann Bown, Portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are absolutely over the moon about
this, especially as Burnham on Sea has taken a few blows recently
with the loss of Civic Pride. It just goes to show that with dogged
determination and a long-term, well thought out plan, we can achieve
many things with our partners. We hope work will start in January
2011 and it is estimated to be completed by August 2011."
project originally started in June 2008 with the development of
a Round One funding application bid which was submitted in March
2009. The Heritage Lottery Fund then made an announcement in June
2009 when it awarded the development costs. This in turn allowed
the council to submit its Round Two application in February 2010
- which has utlimately been successful.
Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, added: "Our
parks provide important shared greenspaces in our towns and cities.
Thanks to our investment, work to restore Marine Cove Gardens
can now begin, halting the recent decline, and ensuring that the
gardens can be enjoyed by local people from across the community."
Marine Cove is tucked behind Burnham on Sea's Victorian Esplanade
and its original timber and brick shelters, raised and walled
flowerbeds, pond and formal grassed lawns are a perfect place
gardens officially opened to the public in 1927 and its central
feature is an Art Deco-style goldfish pond. Today, the gardens
are still laid out in their original style. The park was originally
inspired by the Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll designed
garden at nearby Hestercombe.
gardens have declined in recent years, been subjected to acts
of vandalism, and at present have no dedicated staff.
restoration plans include reinstating the original lions head
fountain and pool and the restoration of the sundial, cherub,
sunken gardens and flower beds.
people will be able to get involved through a range of training
opportunities and several events will be held throughout the year.
will be taken to tackle any anti-social behaviour and Sedgemoor
District Council will be recruiting a part-time community gardener,
"Sedgemoor District Council thanks the Heritage Lottery Fund,
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Viridor Credits Environmental
Company, local residents, organisations, schools and businesses
who have supported the project, as well as the Friends of Marine
Cove Gardens for their volunteer time, help and assistance which
contributed to the restoration bid being successful," added
a Sedgemoor spokesman.
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