Jellicoe's iconic modern masterpiece opens

A project to reinstate a highly significant example of post-war twentieth century modernist landscape has officially opened.

Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead - image: HTA
Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead - image: HTA

The Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead were designed by the renowned landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe. They were placed on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in 2010.

Multidisciplinary practice HTA revitalised the park with a serpentine woodland walk along the River Gade, contrasted with smooth flowing grass lawns to the water's edge.

The centrepiece of the Water Gardens is its restored flower garden, with massed roses and colourful perennial planting set within a formal grid of beds.

As part of the works, Jellicoe's arched bridges over the Gade were renewed. New facilities have been provided to increase use and encourage people to stay longer.

These include a new play space and a pavilion set within a working garden to provide facilities for the gardener and friends of the park.


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