Plymouth park life for CEC

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Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) has been working across the Tamar to restore a Plymouth park to its former glory.

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In partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Plymouth University, CEC has been busy working at Drake’s Place Gardens & Reservoirs, which is relatively unaltered example of a Victorian Park.

The restoration includes extensive works to the cascade, which has been restored to its original form, cleaning of the stone work, fabrication of replica railings, surfacing and a planting scheme reflecting the original historic design.

The fountains are being restored as a key item asked for by the community in the early consultation processes. New signage and interpretation will also be implemented along with a step free route from North Hill to the University campus.

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Birgit Hontzsch, principal landscape architect and lead consultant on the scheme, said: “This is a very exciting high profile project due to its important history and central location in a highly urbanised area in Plymouth, which is reflected in the support given to the scheme by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We are looking forward to seeing the fountains and cascade being operational once more within the newly landscaped gardens.”

The restoration of the park and garden is now nearing its completion, with opening scheduled for next month.