Gyllyngdune Gardens

Gyllyngdune Gardens Restoration Project

Gyllyngdune Gardens at the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth has been the recipient of a significant £2.3m package of funding to refurbish the gardens and part of the Princess Pavilion. Almost £1m of the money has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the balance from Cornwall Council and Carrick Leisure Ltd.

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The proposals for the site are wide ranging and designed to enhance the environmental quality of the area, attract a wider audience base and preserve the conservation features of the site, such as the quarry garden and historic shell grotto.

The aspiration is to make Gyllyngdune Gardens an inspirational, innovative and accessible place to visit where everyone is welcome. It will be a public place where you can relax; play; learn; exercise; enjoy art, theatre, music and performance; and experience the garden's heritage which is rich in people, places and plants.

"Public parks were once the pride and joy of our towns and cities, and we want our funding to help them regain their place at the heart of thriving local communities, transforming the way people think about themselves, their identity and their heritage."  - HLF

In the heart of the Gardens a natural play area has been created to increase the numbers of parents and children using the site and this marks phase one of the overall restoration project. The play scheme was created through Cornwall Council's Pathfinder project and designed using bespoke features created from natural materials and using local crafts people. Children from four of Falmouth's local primary schools joined forces with Cornwall Council's landscape design team to design the play area, which is based on Morgawr - Falmouth's mythical sea creature.

The play area is now officially open and marks the start of a summer programme of holiday activities and events in the Gardens for children and families.

Gyllyngdune Gardens also takes part in the annual Love Parks Week in which hundreds of people flood to the garden to take part in all sorts of activities, from historical walking tours to theatre on the bandstand. 

For more information about the Gyllyngdune Gardens Restoration Project visit the Gyllyngdune Gardens website or contact the visitor and education officer on 01326 211222.