Charlotte Turner Gardens
Our ‘village green’ of sorts, Charlotte Turner Gardens is a wide-open green area, perfect for walking along the tree-lined path towards the river, or up towards Twinkle Park. It is a prime spot for taking some air, walking the dog, doing some exercise, or simply sitting and enjoying the Cherry Blossom in the spring. The gardens opened in 2005, and feature a long path which runs from McMillan Street up to Benbow Street and the Charlotte Turner Primary School buildings. Along the way is a mini exercise trail, and a family seating area for those in need of a rest, and a toddler’s playground.
After a series of consultations with local residents, a range of improvements to Charlotte Turner Gardens were completed in summer 2014, providing a more pleasant experience for all who use the area, and a number of additional facilities to cater for all ages, hopefully making the gardens a place where the whole community can spend time together.
The designs, by Ireland Albrecht landscape architects, which have been produced in consultation with the local community, were the final stage of the 25 year master plan of works for Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens.
This plan shows the whole of the gardens, with all of the improvements detailed:
Maintaining the open feel of the gardens has been a priority, with some subtle changes to make certain areas of the space a more natural fit for different activities, so that everyone who has enjoyed the area over the past few years will continue to do so, in even more pleasant surroundings.
The main features are as follows:
- A central grassed area with timber-retained mounds at each end – suitable for ball games and all kinds of play activities.
- A tidied and more attractive area between Carrick Mews and Brig Mews, with better views of the park and easier to maintain. During the consultations, residents were especially keen to maintain the seating, so we hope that more families will be encouraged to use this space.
- A row of Cherry trees, running the entire West edge of the garden, bringing colour in the spring and fruit later in the year.
- An orchard of old Kentish variety apples, which will also be ripe for harvesting later in the year.
- An improved surface for the existing Petanque court, with a nearby Table tennis table, creating a more formal sports area.
- A more legible ‘trim trail’, using boulders and timber elements to add to the existing pieces of equipment on the grass next to Gilbert House.
- An entirely new Toddler Play Area, pending a funding application, in the fenced area at the edge of MacMillan Street. More detailed plans can be seen here: Charlotte Turner Gardens Play Area Plan (pdf).
The toddler’s playground was made possible thanks to a grant made for the project by Veolia Environmental Trust.