Public Notice - January 2020

Published: 04 February 2020

Sherborne Town Council is launching an exciting new landscaping project to improve Pageant Gardens – one of the most popular parks in Sherborne. This follows the recent restoration and repair of the Bandstand.

Work will start on 3rd February.

Preliminary works likely to be around 2 weeks will involve some tree felling/thinning which has received prior consent from Dorset Council under Works to Trees in Conservation Areas Application reference: WD/D/20/000106. During this period of work, the site will be closed to the public for health and safety reasons.

The project itself will be carried out in several stages with anticipated minimal disruption to users of this site. Several planting schemes have been agreed for various aspects of the site, along with new individual shrub beds and improvements to the existing pond and rock garden area.

The project will be delivered by Dorset Council Landscape Services and Construction Team, with assistance provided from Town Council Grounds Staff, Specialist Contractors and Volunteers.

The site of the Pageant Gardens in Digby Road, previously Half Moon Field, was given to the Town by Mr F J B Wingfield Digby in memory of his father, Mr J K D Wingfield Digby who had died in 1904, and it was opened as a public garden on 5th September 1906. The money needed for the setting out of the formal garden was raised by the Pageant of 1905.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk.