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Seafront Garden News: Feb 2019

Notes from our latest meeting...

2018 Scarecrow Festival – Marine Garden

Saturday 15th September

Volunteer Gardening Sessions

Every 2nd Tuesday from 9.30am and 4th Wednesday

Next Litter Pick

2nd Saturday of every month. 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Equipment & refreshments provided


Shakespeare In The Gardens - Julius Caesar

29th June 7.30pm - Marine Garden, Marine Terrace, Waterloo

2017 Scarecrow Festival

Marine Garden Saturday 16th September

New Toposcope unveiled

Adelaide Gardens 25th April 2017


Crescent Gardens

Crescent GardenA picture taken in April, 1936 of local men recruited from the Labour Exchange and given several weeks paid work by the Council, creating Crescent Garden from the old green that had fronted Marine Crescent. It looks as if much of the work was done by manual labour rather than by mechanical means. Note the size of the wheelbarrows. Note the prevalence of caps! The total cost of construction, including some street works associated with the project, amounted to £10,900. It was the third of the gardens to be created.

Crescent GardenCrescent Garden was opened on 10th April, 1937 by the Chairman of the Waterloo-with-Seaforth Urban District Council, Councillor W. Smithson. Here we see the opening party at the lily pond. A bronze tablet, long since lost or stolen, commemorating the opening, was unveiled by Miss Florence Rollo. The bronze statue seen here was then itself unveiled by a Mrs. Caldwell, a frontager (as the residents on the front were once called), by the removal of a Union Jack.

Crescent GardenBy the look of it this photograph, taken by Basil Fielden, was taken not long after Crescent Garden was opened in 1937 as everything looks rather new. It shows the original recessed seating areas now no longer there. Ahead of the figures can be seen two, of the three, pavilions, all still present, but in need of urgent renovation. They are built with rusticated brick with teak beams to support the roofs. Originally they contained seats made from battleship teak.

Crescent GardenUndoubtably the central feature of Crescent Garden is the sunken garden with its lily pond. Here it is before it was permitted to fall into the state of near dereliction of today. There is not space here to list the problems that beset the area. However, the FoWSGs have been active in doing what they can. The lily pond, in particular, has had some refurbishment work done by its members. Note the bronze statue atop the islet in the pond. It has long since been lost or stolen. Note, too, the immaculate condition of the flowerbeds in former times. A particular problem in this area is litter and smashed glass. Fortunately, the FoWSGs have regular litter-picking events that visit each of the gardens on a monthly rota to try to keep them as tidy as possible.

Crescent GardenHere are what look to be two of the gateposts for the Crescent Garden gates. Taken in April, 1936, there looks much work to be done. Several thousands tons of soil and clay and nearly two hundred tons of manure were needed in the construction of the garden. One assumes an equally vast amount of sandy soil and underlying sand were removed.