Another major milestone reached in the multi-million pound re-development project.
The £6.6m Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery-funded project to renovate Cassiobury Park marked another major milestone this month, with the completion of the new entrance on Rickmansworth Road. The “footprint” of the old gatehouse has been laid out in cobblestones, while pleached hornbeams – affectionately known as the “lollipop trees” – mark the formal gateway to the two main avenues. The borders are made up of herbaceous plants, which are resilient in all weathers, providing year-round interest.
Watford’s elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill has inspected the work, which was carried out by Borras Construction. She said “So far this year we’ve seen Watford’s bandstand re-opened in Cassiobury Park after extensive renovation, and the Cha Café restored to its Edwardian glory. The money the council is putting into this beautiful park – alongside the Heritage and Big Lottery funding – is really paying dividends now. I’m looking forward to next Spring when the Hub and the paddling pools will be opened to the public.”
What’s left to do before Spring 2017? Well, next month the Heritage Trail will be complete – a fascinating series of information boards setting out the history of this former estate of the Earls of Essex. Santa comes to visit on Sunday 11 December at 1pm – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. And then there will be an exhibition – “Cassiobury Through the Years” – running over Christmas in the Cha Café.