OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Lady Herbert To Get Her Facelift
is starting on a project to restore a garden at the heart of
Coventry city centre.
is expected to take up to eight months to bring Lady Herbertís
Garden back to its former glory.
£135,000 project is expected to take about eight months to
complete and will go alongside the new Garden of International
Friendship, created as part of the Phoenix Initiative.
garden was originally built in the early 1930s by Coventry
industrialist Sir Alfred Herbert.
as a formal garden for the people of the city to enjoy, it was
dedicated to the memory of his first wife, and was built on land
previously occupied by slums.
manager Colin Dale said:
restoration project will lovingly restore some of the original
features of Lady Herbertís Garden, which we know is a place
held dear in Coventry people's hearts.
part of this work some old trees, which are in an extremely poor
condition, will be replaced by new trees and the original site
lines of the flower beds will be restored with careful and
will also be carried out to the paving in the garden, which will
not only recreate an original feel to the paving, but improve
access for partially sighted people.
feature of the work will be to restore the existing paving to
the exact condition of the original, with the added benefit of
being able to put 'grooves' in the steps to the paving which
will help blind and partially-sighted people find their way
around the garden more easily."
contract to oversee the work is being managed by Robert Rummey
Associates, with original designs from Coventry City Council's
Cultural Services Division.