Coronation Gardens in Romford, the location of the town’s main war memorial, is set for a makeover, thanks to a £50k grant from the Veolia North Thames Trust (VNTT).

The Council's grounds maintenance staff hard at work on Coronation Gardens

The initial stage of the works started at the end of January, which includes removing existing plants & shrubs around the perimeter of the gardens and planting new beech hedging around three sides.

The second phase of the works will involve removing the tall conifer trees that have come to the end of their natural lives across the rear of the gardens, and repaving the central path with sawn York Stone paving slabs.

The Council is also proposing installing new side paths and four tall obelisks and plinths to carry additional names of those fallen during war, once the names are verified and providing additional funding can be raised.

The Council is currently applying for permission from the Diocese, and if approved will be able to continue with phase two of the works.

In addition to the VNNT funding, the Council will contribute £40k, while £35k will come from the Mayor of London’s fund.

Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement, said:

“We’re really very grateful for the additional funding. Coronation Gardens is an important part of the town for many people, and the works will make a huge difference to the atmosphere and personal experience when visiting.”

In November 2013, VNNT awarded £86k to restore five of the borough’s main war memorials, in Harold Hill, Upminster, Rainham, Romford and Hornchurch.

All the existing yew trees and the two memorial trees will be kept