Proposals to refurbish Dereham’s Queen Mother Garden are set to proceed after Dereham Town Council agreed to join with Breckland Council’s Market Town Initiatives group to jointly fund the works.

Under Breckland Council’s Thriving Places programme, aimed at supporting town centres to thrive and prosper, representatives from both councils have been meeting to discuss proposals and designs for The Queen Mother Gardens. The gardens in Dereham, set between St Withburga Lane and the High Street, are dedicated to The Queen Mother. Originally opened in the 1983, the refurbishment plans intend to deliver a fresh new space for residents and visitors to enjoy in this the popular market town.

Cllr Paul Hewett, Executive Member for Property and Projects at Breckland Council commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Dereham Town Council on this prestigious project honouring The Queen Mother, especially during the Platinum Jubilee year. Our project team will now start progressing to the next stage of the project, and I look forward to seeing the finished gardens thriving in the future.”

Cllr Stuart Green, Mayor of Dereham stated: “This is a huge opportunity to refurbish and revamp the queens mothers garden to make it a place for people to enjoy again. It’s needed a refresh for a few years and the time has finally come. Completing it in this platinum jubilee year adds to its prestige and legacy.  It’s great to work with Breckland Council to get this work done, improving the garden for many years to come.”

(Source: Breckland Council)23