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Cathedral Gardens wins national award

Published on 18 December 2015

LEICESTER'S Cathedral Gardens scheme has won a prestigious national award.

The award was presented to the Cathedral by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), as the overall winner in the category for restoration and regeneration schemes.
The creation of Cathedral Gardens was a joint project between Leicester City Council and Leicester Cathedral, with support from the county council. It forms part of the city’s Connecting Leicester programme to create better links between Leicester's heritage and attractions.  

The overall cost of £2.5m was funded by the various partners and the European Regional Development Fund. The gardens were opened formally by Bishop Tim Stevens and City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby in July 2014, and came into their own as a natural backdrop for the reinterment of King Richard III in the Cathedral last March. 

They were built by landscape contractors Caseys, who were also responsible for the creation of nearby Jubilee Square on behalf of the city council.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "Together with our partners, we wanted to create an attractive new public space that would provide a fitting setting for our wonderful cathedral. It was important we got it right, because we knew the gardens would provide the backdrop for the reinterment of King Richard III. I'm very proud to say that we did get it right – and this award is testament to the skills and hard work of everyone who played their part in the project."
David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said: “I look out on Cathedral Gardens every day from my front door. They have given the city an open green space at its very heart, which is already well used by the public all year around, and also sets off our city’s cathedral perfectly.”
Casey Operations Director Mike Cafferky said “We are absolutely delighted to have won the BALI National Landscapes Principal Award for the Cathedral Gardens restoration project. It was a complex scheme which provided many challenges along the way but now the works are complete the evident quality of the entire project, in keeping with its iconic surroundings, has resulted in this coveted award.”
Notes to editors:

The Cathedral Gardens project was part-financed by the East Midlands Competitive Programme Priority Axis 2 European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit