St Mary's Gardens, Bedford

A high profile contract sitting on the embankments of the Great River Ouse, which is very popular amongst tourists to Bedford and students from Bedford College, carried out on behalf of Bedford Borough Council.

The project included a new footpath, grass embankment, lighting and the planting of 31 new semi mature Tulip trees along the south bank of the River to improve the river walk between Prebend Street and Town Bridge.

St Mary’s Gardens was 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.