March 16, 2011
starts on £410,000 revamp of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
major project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens
has got started this week.
Work to restore the seafront gardens to their former glory began
on Monday (March 14th) and is scheduled to be completed in September.
project is being part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which
last year awarded £344,200 to enable it to go ahead.
Cook, from Sedgemoor District Council, who is overseeing the overhaul,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "After three years of work on this
project, its exciting to see the contractors beginning the
refurbishment this week."
work will include installing new paving, walls, shelters, bins,
seating and water features such as the fountain and fish ponds
plus landscaping. It will superb when its finished."
added: "The work is due to last 23 weeks and be completed
this September when an opening ceremony will be held."
Harley added that a new community gardener has recently been
appointed to maintain the gardens and run various events in the
project has also received funding from Sedgemoor District Council
(£35,000), Burnham and Highbridge Town Council (£14,500)
and Viridor Credits (£16,000).
project originally kicked off in June 2008 with the development
of a Round One lottery funding application bid.
Heritage Lottery Fund made an announcement in June 2009 that it
had awarded the project development costs.
in turn, allowed the council to submit its Round Two application
in February 2010, which was ultimately successful.
gardens opened to the public in 1927 and their central feature
was an Art Deco-style goldfish pond. The park was originally inspired
by the Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll designed garden at
nearby Hestercombe. The gardens have declined in recent years,
having been subjected to vandalism.
Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: "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."
(from top) is work starting at Marine Cove this week; the Sedgemoor
team behind the project; and, above, an artist's impression of
how the park will look