Jellicoe Water Gardens

Flower garden path in the revamped Water GardensSurrounding the River Gade in Hemel Hempstead town centre, the Water Gardens were created by renowned landscape designer Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1962. In 2017, we completed a restoration project of the much-loved Gardens, returning them to their former glory. 

Restoration project

Work on the project began in July 2015 following preparation work earlier in the spring. The project was funded by a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, which we topped up with an investment of more than £1 million. For more information, visit our restoration page.

Throughout the restoration, we worked closely with the Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens, a group of local volunteers who act as custodians. To find out more about their activities, please visit our Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens page.

Restoration project improvements include:

  • Seven new bridges
  • Wider, replanted Flower Garden
  • Restored statues
  • New signage
  • Renovated balconies
  • New play area
  • New lighting and resurfaced paths
  • Improved access 
  • Environmental improvements - better water quality, planting to support biodiversity, fish passes
  • New building for schools, volunteers and events

Photo gallery

  • Mural in the revamped Water Gardens
  • Friends of the Water Gardens have a dedicated Garden
  • Seating in the Flower Garden in the newly restored Water Gardens
  • New community building in the newly restored Water Gardens
  • Jellicoe Water Gardens history board
  • Flower Garden in the newly restored Water Gardens
  • Play area in the newly restored Water Gardens