28th Oct, 2016

Call for Pump Room Gardens revamp ideas

Leamington Editorial 21st Nov, 2014 Updated: 5 hours ago

TOWNSPEOPLE are being asked for their help in revamping Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens.

The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens are working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council to restore the historic town centre park at a cost of around £1 million.

They are preparing a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for next summer with proposals to renovate the gardens and bandstand, and also draw up a calendar of events and activities over five years.

To help form the details of the proposal the project team is asking people to complete a consultation survey which can be found on their website at www.pumproomgardens.org.uk

The team is also looking for volunteers to help with the funding bid – including helping with surveying park users and assisting with website and social media communications.

Friends chairman Archie Pitts said: “We are seeking information about how the Pump Room Gardens are being used at the moment and what people would like to see take place in future. The more volunteers helping with the surveys the more likely our proposal will be successful.”

The gardens were originally only for the use of patrons of the neighbouring Royal Pump Rooms “to afford them pleasant promenades” but were opened to the public in 1875. The current bandstand has stood in the gardens since 1896.

In 2012 the 19th century Lindon arches were restored to their former glory as part of a £110,000 project.

The gardens play host to the annual Leamington Peace Festival in the summer.