Historic Japanese Water Gardens makeover

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The historic Japanese Water Gardens at Bestwood Country Park have been given a makeover, thanks to local volunteers.

Gedling Borough Council’s parks development team, working in partnership with the Friends of Bestwood Country Park, the Monday Volunteers and local residents, tidied up the ornamental gardens to stop them` deteriorating back under brambles and leaf mould.

The water gardens are a historical ornamental area of the park. They were commissioned by the Duke of St Albans’ family during the early 20th century and were designed using stone, water and Japanese trees and planting.

The country park is owned and maintained by Gedling Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Coun Jim Creamer, portfolio holder for environment at Gedling Council, said: “The gardens are a significant and historical part of the country park. It is important for us to restore them to their former glory.”

“If any business or school would like to help us restore our parks or any community projects, we encourage them to contact us.”

If you would like to join the Friends of Bestwood Country Park or be involved in future volunteer sessions, please contact Jane Richardson on 0115 901 3963 or e-mail parks@gedling.gov.uk

OUR PHOTO shows local volunteers giving the historic Japanese Water Gardens in Bestwood Country Park a makeover.