Terrace Gardens and Buccleuch Gardens
The Terrace and Buccleuch Gardens are formally listed in the English Heritage Parks Register because of their historic heritage value. Terrace Gardens, located close to Richmond town centre, was originally formed from three separate eighteenth century estates and was opened as a public park in 1887. Between 2007 and 2009 The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames invested £1m in the refurbishment of the Gardens.
The glasshouse restoration and the Summer House restoration were completed in 2007. Restoration works carried out in 2009 include:
- Major upgrading of infrastructure including repairs to paths and seating areas, and reconstruction of steps and stone walls
- New signage to reflect the historical, ecological and educational aspects of the Gardens
- Repairs to furniture, features and artefacts
- Replanting of significant areas with a mixture of traditional ornamental and wildlife-friendly sustainable planting
- Installation of biodiversity features in the Woodland Garden
- Opened up views of the River Thames and surrounding countryside
- Improved access, where possible, for people with disabilities, prams and buggies
The opening ceremony for the gardens was attended by the Earl of Wessex and the gardens formerly opened after restoration on 9 July 2009.
Terrace Gardens has recently benefited from a £1m restoration which has seen it reclaim its position as one of the best gardens in London. The work has received numerous awards since completion, including the London in Bloom Best Park in London Award and the British Association of Landscape Industries Principal Award Winner for Soft Landscaping over one hectare. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the Gardens, which will hopefully entice you to come and visit in person.