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The King Edward VII Memorial Gate at the Green Park entrance to Valley Gardens

Project Update -
1st January 2018

The Friends’ funding target was achieved in the last quarter of 2017 and so the project could be put out to tender by Harrogate Borough Council in October. A good response was received with eight tenders being submitted by the due date. After much deliberation and consultation with the Friends’ project team the council decided to appoint TWS Construction Ltd. of Thirsk who had recently completed the restoration of the Japanese Garden. We are confident they will do an equally good job on our gate project.

The contract paperwork is in the process of being completed by HBC and the obtaining of the necessary pavement closure notices etc. is being pursued by the contractor. All being well the construction will commence in February 2018 and a ten week programme has been agreed with TWS. Obviously the winter is not the best time to be working on site but the Gardens are much quieter at this time of the year and it is hoped to have the project completed by Easter time when the visitor numbers start to rise. This should also suit the recreation of the enlarged rose beds either side of the gate posts which will be planted with Tommy’s and Peace roses to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on 11th November 2018.

While all this has been going on the actual gates themselves have been repaired and restored by Kendrew Architectural Metalwork as a separate contract. This will be funded by the Ironmongers’ Company which is one of the ancient and worshipful livery companies in the City of London which now makes grants for heritage ironwork restoration projects such as ours.

The Friends of Valley Gardens would like to express their gratitude to Harrogate Borough Council and to all the funders and donors to the project who have supported the project and made all this possible.


General Information
The entrance to Valley Gardens on the southeast side was originally marked with two stone pillars which had been relocated from Prospect Gardens in the centre of Harrogate when the War Memorial was created in 1923. Only one pillar now remains at the entrance, the other having been damaged beyond repair by vehicle impact; the railing to either side of the entrance had long since been removed. Making a new pillar to match the remaining one was explored but the cost of carving a new matching stone capital was found to be prohibitively expensive. Alternatives were therefore sought and a plan to refurbish the entire entrance was decided upon.

Entrance with Two Pillars

The Entrance Today

Proposed New Entrance
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Artist's Impression King Edward VII Memorial Gate

The entrance will be known as the King Edward VII Memorial Gate. The Friends have been fortunate to acquire the gates and pillars previously forming the entrance to the former Rose Garden on Kings Road. The Rose Garden was removed in the early 1990s to allow for the expansion of the town's conference facilities. 

The project, for which planning permission has been granted by Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Count Council, will be completed with the planting of a new rose garden celebrating the end of world wars. To reflect the ending of WWI we will plant a mixture of Tommy's Rose and Flanders Field Rose and for WW II, Peace Rose. The Memorial Rose Garden will commemorate the centenary of the ending of WWI on 11 November 2018.

Please click here to view the approved Planning Application submitted to HBC for this project.