refurbishment of Marine Cove gardens to finish this week
finishing touches are this week being made to the £360,000
refurbishment of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens, which are
set to officially re-open to the public later this month.
project - which is being part-funded with £344,200
from the Heritage Lottery Fund - includes
new paving, landscaping, walls, fencing, lighting, seating and
water features at the seafront gardens.
During the past few days, new turf has been laid, the seafront
shelters have been given a final coat of paint and a replica 1920s
cherub statue has been re-introduced to the centre of the garden's
pond, as pictured.
Marine Cove Community Gardener Jacqui Strong said this week that
the bulk of the work is on track to be completed this coming weekend,
with only planting activities remaining before the grand opening.
The official opening will take place on Saturday September 24th
and will include a ceremonial seafront parade of supporters dressed
in 1920s costumes.
will start at 10.45am at the jetty before making its way to Marine
Cove, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned.
But Jacqui says the Cove's events will not end after the opening
ceremony. "Part of our commitment to the Heritage Lottery
Fund is that events will continue through the year, so the Friends
of Marine Cove are getting schools and local youth groups involved
in a wide range of activities."
Harley Cook, from Sedgemoor District Council, who has been overseeing
the long-running project, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "After
three years of work on this project, its exciting to see
the refurbishment nearing completion."
CCTV coverage of the gardens has also been improved in order
to increase security at the site.
In additon to the lottery funding, Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council has given £14,500 towards the
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