York & North Yorkshire

Lottery bid for seaside gardens 'overhaul'

View from Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens looking towards the town Image copyright Martin Dawes/Geograph
Image caption View from Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens looking towards the town

Work has started on a bid to restore historic pleasure gardens in a North Yorkshire seaside town.

People have been asked to share their photos and memories of Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People bid.

Scarborough Borough Council said the gardens were currently in a "fragile condition".

Draft plans for the gardens will go on public display in early July.

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Image caption The Italian Gardens are part of Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens, pictured here in 1972
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Image caption The Italian Gardens in 1963

The South Cliff Gardens are on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, which includes Castle Howard near York.

The council is working with Groundwork and Friends of South Cliff Gardens on the bid.

Councillor Mike Cockerill said it was a "golden opportunity" to restore them, adding it was "potentially the biggest thing to happen there in over a century."

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Image caption One of the shelters at South Cliff Gardens in need of an "overhaul"
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Image caption Ornamental pool at the Prince of Wales Garden

Friends of South Cliff Gardens said smaller gardens on the South Bay - including St Martin's Square, Shuttleworth Gardens, Prince of Wales Garden and the Rose Garden - had been restored but the infrastructure needed a "major overhaul".

The council said if successful the restoration could start in 2019.

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