Stroud Town Council has been overseeing the work to improve the main gateway into the gardens from the High Street.
It was essential to ensure that the garden was fully accessiblefor everyone. This meant that the surface of the pathway had to be made even.
It was also important to widen the entrance to allow entry for the maintenance equipment used by the town council’s Green Spaces team.
Town councillor Steve Hurrell said the opportunity was taken to repair the badly eroded original Cotswold stone pillars and the unique iron gates with the agreement of the Gardens’ owners, Stroud District Council and the conservation officer.
Local builder John Cooper carried out the works and local master stonemason Jonny Anderson built the new gateway using as much of the original stonework as possible, with newly quarried and carved stone where necessary.
The original iron gates have been sand blasted clean, and repainted. In order to make the repairs and improvements possible the conservation officers agreed to the gates being fixed in the open position.
The garden is owned by Stroud District Council. Most of the work (£14,426) was funded by Section 106 Agreement money (contributions from developers). The district council paid £4,300 and the town council £4,434.
Mr Hurrell said the renovations to the garden are part of a long-term scheme to make Lansdown Hall accessible for all.
“Grant funded improvements to Lansdown Hall will begin in the spring and the new pathway will also allow easier access for some of the building works.
“The long-term aim is to create a completely new and accessible entrance into the Hall from Bank Gardens and this new gateway will eliminate any steps and provide an even route from the town centre.”
“These works to the gateway have meant that solutions to several problems could be addressed in one go with minimum disruption to users of the gardens.
“The gates have only been ornamental for decades, so we have found a way to keep them in situ which allows their marvelous design to still be appreciated.”