Jellicoe Water Gardens
Surrounding the River Gade in Hemel Hempstead town centre, the Water Gardens were created by renowned landscape designer Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1962. In 2017, we completed a restoration project of the much-loved Gardens, returning them to their former glory.
Work on the project began in July 2015 following preparation work earlier in the spring. The project was funded by a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, which we topped up with an investment of more than £1 million. For more information, visit our restoration page.
Throughout the restoration, we worked closely with the Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens, a group of local volunteers who act as custodians. To find out more about their activities, please visit our Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens page.
Restoration project improvements include:
- Seven new bridges
- Wider, replanted Flower Garden
- Restored statues
- New signage
- Renovated balconies
- New play area
- New lighting and resurfaced paths
- Improved access
- Environmental improvements - better water quality, planting to support biodiversity, fish passes
- New building for schools, volunteers and events