Harrogate’s Award-Winning Park

Restoration of the Green Park (Harlow Moor Drive) Entrance and Creation of the King Edward VIIth Memorial

Progress Report August 2017
Since obtaining planning permission for the new gate in June 2016 we have been concentrating on raising the necessary £60,000 to bring the project to fruition. The project does not lend itself to being phased and so we cannot start the works until all the funds are secured.
We are pleased to report that our goal has nearly been reached thanks to some generous donations, the most significant being from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust and the Ironmongers’ Company.
While the fundraising has been going on we have continued to look at the design of the gate and to refine it from the original outline proposals through the planning stage and now we are working on the construction status drawings. While doing this we have also delved deeper into the costs, looking at the original budget costings to verify their adequacy although until tenders are actually received, we cannot be certain that our estimates were robust.
The ironwork is the major part of this project and in this we have been assisted by the local firm of Kendrew Architectural Metalwork of Tower Street, Harrogate. They have given us a lot of advice and they have recently produced a drawing showing how the original recovered cast iron railings, of which there are only 19 in total, may be supplemented with modern mild steel railings. An extract of the drawing is shown here.
We hope the next progress report will announce the appointment of a contractor with an estimated completion date for the project. Watch this space.

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General Information
The entrance to Valley Gardens on the south east 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.

Entrance with Two Pillars

The Entrance Today

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

Press Release
The Friends Of Valley Gardens are currently fund raising for their latest project to refurbish the secondary entrance to the Valley Gardens opposite the junction of Valley Drive and Harlow Moor Drive. 

The refurbished 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.

The project is expected to cost £60,000. Already £33,000 has been raised, from grants and fund raising events. The remainder will be raised by applying for further grants, by opening the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room in the Valley Gardens as an Information and Exhibition Centre on the first and third Sundays of the month and by holding the annual very popular 1940s Open Day on Sunday 18 June. In addition the Friends can offer guided tours of the Valley Gardens for adults and children promoting the Spa Heritage of this unique Grade II listed park.

For further information please contact Jon Iddon or Steve Watkinson (Publicity Officers) at
stevenjon5@hotmail.com or visit our website www.friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk. If you wish to donate please contact Jane Blayney (Chairman Friends Of Valley Gardens) jane.blaney23@gmail.co 

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