Queen Mother’s New Garden

November 15, 2022

The Queen Mother’s Garden, off Church Street, reopened on Monday, November 7, following a major investment in a new design, new footpaths and planting and several new features. New picnic benches, wheelchair-friendly paths, a sensory planter and a community book swap have been added as part of the project, which has seen Breckland Council and Dereham Town Council join forces.

The Queen Mother’s flower bed in the foreground with the obselisks which will support her clematis plants

Bird boxes and bug hotels have been designed by children from Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School, while a new path makes access easier for users of the nearby Meeting Point centre.

And, to continue to honour the memory of the Queen Mother, a new flower bed has been created which features plants named after her: the Queen Mother’s clematis, Queen Mother’s rose and agapanthus as well as thousands of new bulbs.

The reception from community organisations and the public has been overwhelmingly positive. The new garden will also provide a space for events and performances. A special dedication ceremony will take place at the garden in spring 2023.

The new space is open 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm from October to March and 6am to 8pm in April to September. The gates close automatically; the site is monitored by CCTV.