Hemel Hempsted Water Gardens update

Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Charles Boot
Overhead view of the Water Gardens after opening, showing relation to town centre

Overhead view of the Water Gardens after opening, showing relation to town centre

Following the successful GHS/HGT Jellicoe Water Gardens Study Day on 9 April this year, a park friends group for the Water Gardens in Hemel Hempstead is in the process of being formed. The Water Gardens were designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe as an integral part of his master plan for Hemel Hempstead New Town and were placed on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in 2010 as one of the very important post war urban landscapes. This opportunity to play an important part in the future of the Water Garden’s is seeking people interested in ensuring that the park is repaired to its former glory and restored as one of the best loved treasures of the town. It is hoped that the Friends Group will work with Dacorum Borough Council who own and manage the gardens to support a lottery funding bid and shape the future development of the site.

Susan Jellicoe photographed the site during construction and on completion

Susan Jellicoe photographed the site during construction and on completion

A similar view of the elegant bridges in the Water Gardens today (March 2011)

A similar view of the elegant bridges in the Water Gardens today (March 2011)

If you are interested in joining a Friends Group please telephone Kate Harwood, Hertfordshire Gardens Trust: 01442 841119, or email


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