A group whose mission it is to conserve and cherish Havant’s heritage has set up a new division called ‘Friends of the Gazebo Garden’.
The Havant Civic Society has recently taken over the responsibility for the Gazebo Garden in East Street, Havant, and is planning to embark on a new refurbishment project.
Its aim is to maintain the ornamental garden so the public can continue to enjoy its beauty all year round.
The Havant Civic Society also wants to encourage more educational and cultural use of the garden and to increase accessibility.
It hopes to recruit more volunteers to join the society to facilitate the upkeep of the garden and who would be happy to commit to joining in with this local effort on a regular basis.
‘It feels right that we should take over responsibility for this important part of our heritage,’ said Tim Dawes, a member of the Havant Civic Society.
‘We hope that those living near the Gazebo, who love it as we do, will come forward and join us, bringing their trowels and pruning shears along with them.’
The Havant Civic Society has approached the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance further maintenance to the garden, so the garden can be provided with the care which it requires.
The Society also plans to run its own fundraising events so it can continue to add to this picturesqe spot in Havant.
‘The garden is a wonderful asset in the centre of Havant,’ added Mr Dawes.
‘To keep it beautiful and accessible, we need gardeners, history enthusiasts and nearby residents to tend and care for the garden along with us.’
The garden, built in the late 18th century, was restored in the 1980s after it had been neglected.
Some of the current members have been tasked with compiling information about the garden’s extensive past and acting as guides to visitors to the garden.
The garden is open daily from 10am. For more information on the garden, email firstname.lastname@example.org.