Bandstand work to start May 1st

Specialist contractor Lost Art (www.lost-art.co.uk) will be doing the work.

Scheduled events in the gardens, like the Peace Festival, Warwickshire Pride, Food and Drink Festival and the others we are used to, will take place as normal while the works are underway. It is expected these works will be completed before the Christmas events in the gardens.

The MD of Lost Art, Dominic Liptrot, will at the Eco Fun Day in the Pump Rooms on April 29th to answer questions.

Dominic will also be talking to the Society after its AGM on Thursday May 10th

We’re not alone!

A campaign is underway to restore the bandstand in Swanage, Dorset to its former glory. It’s the same model as that in the Pump Room Gardens, but the roof was removed after a storm in 2012. We shall be watching their progress. Fingers crossed for success!

Bandstand in Pump Room Gardens

For more details, click here.to be taken to their Friends’s website.

 

Works to Pump Room Gardens Bandstand

Warwick District Council will meet a crucial stage in the £1.2 million (Heritage Lottery Funded) restoration of Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens later this year, with the start of the renovation of the iconic Victorian bandstand.

Prior to the renovation starting, the council will be carrying out some precautionary works to the structure, which will require the bandstand to be screened and fenced off from 21 to 25 August. The rest of the gardens will remain fully accessible to the public.

Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for Green Spaces Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger commented:

“Everyone involved in this project is eagerly anticipating the restoration of the bandstand, as a focal point for events in the gardens. We hope that the public will appreciate the meticulous work which will need to be undertaken to bring it back to its former glory.”

A fabulous weekend!

Over 20,000 people attended the Peace Festival in the Pump Room Gardens, one of the longest running free festivals in the country.

The sun kept shining, the temperature soared and visitors enjoyed music, a wide range of workshops, inspirational speakers and much much more.

It really was a fabulous event, well done to the organisers and all those involved.  We’re already looking forward to next year!

 

Leamington in Bloom!

Leamington in Bloom are holding an open afternoon at the Town Hall on Saturday 18th March from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Come along to see the plans for the Pump Room Gardens and find out more about we are doing and how you can get involved.  (There’s free tea and activities for the kids!)

For more information click here.

The restoration works are starting!

On Monday 21st November works will begin to ensure the long term sustainability of the trees in the Pump Room Gardens.  You may already have seen the notices in the gardens!

The work involves felling, pruning, coppicing and removing dead branches from trees.  The felling of trees is being done with great sensitivity and has been subject to strict planning requirements.

While newly pruned and coppiced trees may look rather bare to begin with, they will regrow over time and the work being done now will lengthen their lifespan.

Twenty five new trees will be planted, not on the riverbank, but elsewhere in the gardens to ensure that there are mature trees for future generations to enjoy.

Councillor Dave Shilton said, ‘It’s great to see that work is starting on the Heritage Lottery Funded Pump Room Gardens restoration.  The tree works are just the first step in a project that will benefit the whole community.’

William Louis de Normanville

William Louis de Normanville was the celebrated Leamington Borough Engineer from 1882 to 1917. During this time he accomplished many notable designs that still stand today, all adding to the beauty of our town’s spa gardens.

He was responsible for many of the bridges over the Leam, the restoration of the Pump Rooms and the current layout of the Pump Room Gardens.

The 1989 book by Janet Storrie has now been republished (in the original format) by the author in cooperation with the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens. It is available from Waterstones Bookshop in Leamington and the Visitor Information Centre in the Royal Pump Rooms at the original price of £4.95. This publication is incredibly good value.

It’s good to talk!

After much anticipation, (and crossed fingers for the weather), the weekend of ‘Art in the Park’ was finally here!  And what a fantastic event it was.  We were amazed at the number of people that stopped at our stand wanting to find out more about the plans for the Pump Room Gardens.  It was lovely to see just how much it means to the community.  And it wasn’t just the physical works we were asked about, but what events and activities were planned too.

We will be updating this page regularly, so please pop back to find out more!

Pump Room Gardens volunteers nominated for Leamington Business Award

The Friends of the Pump Room Gardens have been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ Leamington Business award 2016 and need your vote to become the outright winner.

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This award is for a volunteer or a team of volunteers that have shown outstanding achievement and have made a significant contribution to Leamington.

Why you should vote for the Friends

The Friends are all volunteers who have campaigned since 2008 to improve the Pump Room Gardens for residents and visitors.  Working closely with Warwick District Council and other community stakeholders, the Friends are proud of their contributions to improving outdoor life in Leamington Spa.

In 2012 the Friends completed the restoration of the eight Victorian Linden Arches.  Then in 2014, the Friends secured a grant for a feasibility study for the comprehensive refurbishment of the Gardens.

This led to the award of a grant of almost £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major restoration of the Gardens, the first substantial works for more than a century.  The works will ensure a permanent improvement to the gardens.

Archie Pitts, Chairman of the Friends, said “This is a fantastic project for what has always been known as the Village Green of the town.  We are all looking forward to seeing the works start.”

Vote for the Friends at:

http://leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/outstanding-pumproom.html

Closing date:  July 29th