The New Water Ways 2019

A coastal town’s Venice-inspired water gardens have been reopened after a £2.7m restoration.

Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways have been revamped thanks to funding from the National Lottery and the work of dozens of volunteers.

The borough council, which led the project, called the reopening a “major milestone” for the park.

Business leaders hope the Grade II-listed attraction will “give new life” to the seafront.

The Venetian Waterways were opened in 1928, having been commissioned by the borough council as a way to create work after World War One.

Restoration began in June and has been supported by 78 volunteers from the Green Gym, who have contributed nearly 1,300 hours of work.

The island cafe and pergolas have been renovated, and the original planting – celebrated at the 1928 RHS International Exhibition of Gardening Design – has also been revived.

Work is continuing on the neighbouring boating lake and will be finished by summer.

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