Works to St Mary's Gardens now underway
Works to improve the river walk between Prebend Street and Town
Bridge are now underway.
The project includes a new footpath, grass embankment, lighting
and the planting of 31 new semi mature Tulip trees (shown to the
right) along the south bank of the River Great Ouse.
The work is expected be completed this spring, meaning St Mary’s
Gardens will be reopened in time for visitors to make the most of
the new walk during the better weather.
Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community
and Regulatory Services, said: “The River Great Ouse is a much
loved part of Bedford Borough and we are committed to maintaining
and improving it.
“These works will create a beautiful river walk with a grass
embankment, smooth pavement, new lighting as well as healthy and
stunning trees, in the heart of Bedford.”
Surveys found the Horse Chestnut trees previously in place along
this stretch of the river were seriously affected by pest and
diseases such as leaf minor and in particular, bleeding canker and
were in need of replacement.
The first stage of the works are now underway and include the
removal of the strip of tarmac alongside the river wall, the
installation of a tree root barrier and the creation of the tree
pits. This will enable trees to begin to be planted in
In order to protect the public, St Mary’s Gardens will be closed
between Town Bridge and Borough Hall while the works take