As part of the wider restoration, gardeners Ian Guest and Duncan McKinnell joined the project – and seeked volunteers to join them over the last couple of years months in reinstating the original beautiful and bold planting scheme, dating from 1928.
Head gardener Ian has worked in horticulture for 25 years and was previously head gardener at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden for 11 years, while Duncan has considerable experience working with volunteers.
Ian said: “We were both really excited about being involved from the start in this inspirational community project, which will bring so much to the whole borough. The gardens will improve year-on-year as the plants mature and bloom.
“Gardening is a great therapeutic activity, and volunteering is a chance to meet new people, learn new skills, have fun and make new memories, while contributing to a lasting legacy for Great Yarmouth.”
Assistant gardener Duncan said: “About 100 people registered to volunteer, which is great, and there’s always room for more volunteers. The project also has a range of other exciting volunteering opportunities, so we encourage anyone interested to register through the website.”
“The gardens are an important part of the Waterways, so helping to replant the original scheme is a special way to get involved and revive some of our special heritage. Even if you are not able to volunteer, there are other ways to get involved in the restoration including through sponsorship of plaques, benches or sundials – or even adopt-a-plant.”