Bids submitted to fund multi-million pound Water Gardens renovation in Hemel Hempstead

Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead
Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead

More than £2.5 million could be sourced towards restoring Hemel Hempstead’s once-iconic Water Gardens if a funding bid is successful.

Dacorum Borough Council has submitted the final application to the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Parks for People funds to cover part of the cost of restoring the site – designed by architect Geoffrey Jellicoe – to its former glory.

The project, which is estimated to cost a total of £3.6 million, will see improved seating and lighting, footpaths and bridges, and a specially-designed play area.

Council leader Andrew Williams said: “Restoring the colourful planting beds and adding new facilities will transform the Gardens, so they will once again be the special place they were in the 1960s.

“We aim to make them a destination within the town centre for all the family and an area that Dacorum residents will be proud of.”

The next Friends of the Water Gardens meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the Civic Centre. Call 01442 228000 or email for more.