This latest phase of work on London’s South Bank follows completion of the first stage in late May, which saw the gardens opened after a £5m transformation headed by landscape architect West 8 and Frosts Landscape Construction.
Phase two will include 25 new trees, adding to the 69 mature trees planted in May. Flowerbeds will be extended more than half to nearly 600sq m and a dozen benches made from iroko wood will be installed to go with granite seats beside the paths.
Following completion of phase one, responsibility for the management and upkeep of Jubilee Gardens was handed to Jubilee Gardens Trust, a registered charity including landowners, local business and community organisations.
"The brief was to create a space that would be as soft and green as is sustainable," said a spokeswoman for the trust. "This will reflect the quality of the South Bank’s cultural organisations, tourist attractions and high-profile businesses."
Jubilee Gardens, which reopened in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, have been visited by millions of people. A dedicated grounds maintenance team is maintaining turf and removing over 4,000 bags of litter a month.