The sensitive restoration of the Reservoir and Gardens has lifted the profile both nationally and, more importantly locally, of these previously overlooked heritage gems. The project has united local people from a wide range of ages, cultures and backgrounds who all shared in the vision to create a welcoming and accessible green space in the heart of the city. The University worked closely with other partners to formulate not just a strong design – including restoration of Grade II listed features - but one representing the views of the 850 local people who responded with overwhelming support during the public consultation in 2011/12, the results of which were very clear - the two fondly remembered fountains must be restored and a new entrance and level access created, and the Gardens should be in keeping the original.
The Reservoir and Gardens have been buzzing with visitors – couples enjoying a cup of tea at the Café, families sharing a picnic, children chasing butterflies and students enjoying time out.
The Gardens offer the many health benefits of being in a welcoming green space as well as the opportunity to learn about its history and wildlife, and the chance to make new friendships and try new activities. Our programme includes everything from craft fairs to concerts, gardening workshops and cultural celebrations. And the space can be booked - free of charge - by members of the community for a variety of other events that will enhance community cohesion.