Release Date: 01/01/1980
Special gardens at Twickenham Riverside opened by Royal approval
Princess Alexandra officially opened The Diamond Jubilee Gardens at Twickenham Riverside during a weekend of celebrations to mark the landmark regeneration achievement.
The gardens, located in a prime spot over looking the Thames, was opened to the public on Sunday, following six months of intensive on-site work to transform the former Twickenham Lido, after 30 years of neglect.
Princess Alexandra visited the new Diamond Jubilee Garden on Saturday to honour a VIP day. She was escorted around the garden and met many of the people who have been instrumental in making this a public garden for the people of Twickenham.
Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, welcomed HRH Princess Alexandra to unveil a plaque to commemorate the special occasion and the planting of a Black Poplar tree, personally donated by the Lord Lieutenant, Sir David Brewer, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. While on Sunday hundreds of residents visited the new public arena and enjoyed an action packed day of events. Bands performed live on the main stage and families enjoyed numerous activities.
Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “The Diamond Jubilee Gardens look absolutely superb and will be a fantastic asset for everyone to enjoy for many years to come. I’m extremely proud of the achievement of everybody who was involved in this project from start to finish.
“We promised in 2010 to do everything necessary to open the Riverside for the people of Twickenham. We have now delivered on that promise. It is very satisfying to see it in all its glory. I hope local people will now use it and make it their own.
“The garden is a credit to the local people who have fought for this for many years. It reflects just what can be achieved by listening and working with residents in a spirit of co-operation and compromise. There is much more to do in our programme for Twickenham revival. I hope all people will work together to help make that possible.”
Numerous volunteers initially helped clear 30 years worth of debris and growth from the site before the contractors could begin work. Volunteers came from a number of different organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
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