Chester’s popular Roman Gardens have officially re-opened this week following an extensive programme of improvements at the historic city centre site.
The works, which include a new path to access the base of the city walls, high quality planting of Roman origin, topiary and a new York stone sitting and display area, follow on from the installation of Roman-themed floor mosaics last year.
Designed by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s landscaping team and project managed by Chester Renaissance, overgrown shrubs have been replaced with a new sculptured grass area, improvements have been made to the display of Roman artefacts and masonry and new litter bins have been installed.
Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “The Roman Gardens are one of Chester’s great historic assets and the improvement works have made a great difference to their overall appearance for both residents and visitors alike.
“I am delighted the works have been completed in time for the summer season – I’m sure all visitors to the gardens will be as impressed with improvements as I am and as the sun begins to shine, make the most of what is a much-loved local amenity.”
Investing in the Roman Gardens is the first step in safeguarding the city’s rich history, a priority highlighted in the One City Plan (OCP), which will be officially launched later this month.
The OCP highlights the importance of Chester’s historic buildings and attractions – adding to the city’s character, individuality and unique identity. The entrance to the Roman Gardens from the Groves has also been remodelled helping to improve the connection to the River Dee from the city centre.
Local councillor and Chester Renaissance board member, Samantha Dixon, said: “The Roman Gardens are an important attraction and also provide a popular and enjoyable pedestrian route to the Groves and the River Dee. The improvements have helped to highlight a significant aspect of Chester’s Roman history, heritage and architecture within the gardens.”
Left to right: Ed Snell, Jane Hebblewhite, Rita Waters, Councillor Stuart Parker, Chester Renaissance Board Member Roger Croston, Magnus Theobold, Chester Renaissance Board Member Nigel Bruce, and Ranger Andy White.