The Gardens

The Town Centre Gardens (3.85ha’s) were developed in the mid-1960’s, and are the primary formal and ornamental public gardens in Stevenage.

During 2010/11 a project to restore the Town Centre Gardens to reflect the original design concepts was undertaken. This project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People Programme, will preserve and enhance the heritage of these important formal Gardens, which are an excellent example of landscape design in the era of New Town planning.

Research into the history of the Gardens, included a meeting with Gordon Patterson, the landscape architect who originally designed the Town Centre Gardens. The original design concept was to have mass planting of trees to the periphery of the site to provide a sense of peace and seclusion, but to leave open, light areas within the Gardens for people to enjoy. This is what the Parks for People project sought to achieve again in 2010/11.

The lottery funding will also help to resource a Community Park Officer for the Town Centre Gardens for five years. This officer works closely with the Friends group, schools and other community groups to support a wide range of events and activities in the Gardens.

The Gardens are in close proximity to:

  • the Swimming Pool
  • Bowes Lyon House (a purpose built youth centre)
  • Stevenage Town Centre to the west
  • The Stevenage Museum to the south
  • high rise residential property to the east

The main features of the park include:

  • Ornamental landscapes with plantings of roses, herbaceous perennials and seasonal bedding displays
  • An ornamental spring fed pond, marginal and aquatic planting, fountain and bridge
  • A large collection of ornamental, commemorative and memorial trees
  • A sensory garden
  • A large open and close mown grassland area surrounded by trees
  • A fenced and equipped play space for toddlers and young children
  • A footpath network providing access across the site between the Town Centre and the Bedwell neighbourhood
  • Remnants of ancient lane hedgerows

Reporting problems

The Town Centre Gardens receive regular maintenance visits - cleansing and litter picking is carried out throughout the day, seven days a week, and grounds maintenance teams visit the Gardens on a weekly basis.

If, during your visit, you noticed a problem that needs to be resolved please let us know so that we can deal with it promptly.

You can report a problem online using the link below:


Town Centre Gardens Management Plan (2011-2021)

Site Plan of Town Centre Gardens and surrounding area


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Related pages

Street Smart service

Contact details

Grounds Maintenance
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242323