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Thursday 8 April 2021

Maritime Media Volunteer, Janet Bark reflects on change, the past and present and how important this is to the future of Queen's Gardens.

Change is a very emotive word. For some it means the past disappearing and be detrimental to the area, while for others it’s all about the future and progress.

With this thought I’ve been thinking of the new refurbishment of Queen's Gardens. So are we losing the past? Or are moving into the future?

Queens Gardens
An artists impression of Queens Gardens

When I then looked at the photos of Queen's Gardens on its opening in 1935 and those of the new plans for Queens gardens refurbishment I felt that this takes change in a different direction. The disappearance of some parts of the gardens is really only removing recent additions as it was originally designed with openness.

Queens Gardens From The Top Of Wilberforce Monument
Queen's Gardens From The Top Of Wilberforce Monument

The new refurbishment is not really futuristic as they are taking us back to the past with the old dock feel and open space. This change will definitely help it show off its past and help us all to fully appreciate its maritime history.