Water Gardens project gets £100,000 lottery boost

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An ambitious plan to restore Hemel Hempstead’s faded Water Gardens has been given a £170,000 shot in the arm.

Dacorum Borough Council officials announced this morning that the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have agreed initial funding for the scheme, which aims to restore the landmark town centre feature.

This week’s cash confirmation means the council will now have the money to put together a detailed bid for lottery money and apply for a full grant at a later date.

Designed and built in 1962 by leading 20th century architect Geoffrey Jellicoe, the Water Gardens are protected by Grade II listing but are badly in need of a facelift.

Councillor Terry Douris, the borough’s portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, said “The importance of the Water Gardens to Hemel Hempstead Town Centre cannot be overstated. We’re working hard to regenerate and revitalise the town centre as a destination of choice for residents, businesses and visitors. The Water Gardens are central to that work and restoring them to their former glory will provide a catalyst for the town’s wider regeneration.”

Read more about the project in Wednesday’s Gazette.