Thames Landscape Strategy News

Spring 2005

£13m HLF grant for Arcadia in Twickenham

AT the end of 2004 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £1,778,000 to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as the final stage of lottery funding for London's Arcadia project.

London Landscapes 8 - The view from Richmond Hill

The view of the Thames from Richmond Hill featured on the cover of Issue 8 of London Landscapes.

The grant will cover half of the costs of restoring the stretch of riverside between Richmond Lock and Twickenham - the view seen from from Richmond Hill. Work includes restoration and regeneration of public spaces including the Twickenham and Richmond riverside promenades, maintenance of local wildlife habitats and improved public access along the river and foreshore.

Jason Debney, co-ordinator of the Thames Landscape Strategy. commented: "Three years' hard work has paid off and we can now start to carry out the works on the ground that we have all been waiting for. This announcement allows works to start on Year One projects but, as with all projects of this type, £1.3m match funding will need to be found if all the other schemes in Years Two and Three are to be completed. We are all going to be very busy."

The works will be carried out over a three-year period to minimise the impact on the local environment. The first works will take place along Cholrnondeley Walk in Richmond and will include the removal of broken tree planters. These will be replaced by areas of grass and the planting of trees to compensate for those lost to disease in recent years. Work will then move along to Twickenham riverside.

Vistas Revealed at Star & Garter

ONE of the most exciting restoration projects has been the clearance, at the end of 2004, of an avenue of trees leading from the Surrey bank of the Thames opposite Radnor Gardens in Twickenham across Ham lands and up to Richmond Hill. This has renewed the "lost" vista to the Star and Garter Home on the top of Richmond Hill. This view can now been seen from across the Thames in Radnor Gardens in Twickenham. (Radnor Gardens is the small public park alongside the site of Pope's villa and grotto in Twickenham.)

The Star and Garter first began life as a restaurant and hotel, and in the 19th century it was a favourite fashionable destination for London society. It became the home for disabled servicemen in World War 1 and was rebuilt as the now familiar red-brick icon in 1924.

The TLS document states: "Radnor Gardens are set on a particularly significant spot. Not only does the park provide one of the only windows from the built-up Middlesex banks onto the river, it also acts as the focal point for the Ham House Avenue, visually linking Richmond Hill with Twickenham.

The Park's war memorial [in the form of a bronze cast of a waving soldier] was originally placed there to be seen at the end of the Avenue by the disabled soldiers and sailors in the Star and Garter Home on the Hill.

Face Lift In Barnes

MEANWHILE out in South West London another Jubilee Gardens is also getting a face lift - Jubilee Gardens off Mortlake High Street. This will include the demolition of two large brick seating areas, design of native and wild habitat schemes and the doctoring of trees to ensure their long-term health. The improvements are being funded by the Thames Strategy Kew to Chelsea project.

Previous news of the Thames Landscape Strategy in 2003