Bernie Spain Gardens
Like an oasis at the heart of the neighbourhood, Bernie Spain Gardens is enjoyed by local residents, local employees as well as the thousands of visitors to the area.
Named after Bernadette Spain, a local campaigner on health and housing provisions for the area’s residents in the 1980s, the gardens are owned, managed and maintained by Coin Street Community Builders. In 2005 the south park benefitted from new landscaping by award-winning landscape designer, Mary Reynolds. In 2014 a community garden area was created in the south park. Our Gorgeous Gardens gardening sessions are held during the growing season open to anyone with an interest in growing regardless of age or ability. However, the gardens have not had a major upgrade since their creation in 1988.
During 2016 we undertook consultation locally about our aspirations to improve the gardens from the quality of the grass, planting and lighting to the relationship of the gardens within the neighbourhood.
The feedback reveals a high level of satisfaction with the gardens, the majority of respondents believing the gardens are good for local community, safe and well-maintained. However, 42% felt that the Gardens are ‘beginning to show signs of wear and tear’ particularly the north park, adjacent to the river. Read the survey findings here.
Based on our aspirations and this pre-brief consultation, our next steps are to develop outline schemes through a design competition with landscape architects. Views on the competing schemes will be invited. Details on this next stage of consultation will be published here. For more information please email Louise King.