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Victorian bandstand reinstated in Red Cross Garden

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When Red Cross Garden was restored to its Victorian glory eight years ago, one notable feature was incomplete: the bandstand.

Victorian bandstand reinstated in Red Cross Garden
Cllr Darren Merrill and BOST chair Tim Wood cutting the ribbon
Victorian bandstand reinstated in Red Cross Garden
Victorian bandstand reinstated in Red Cross Garden
The new bandstand closely resembles the Victorian original

Now the bandstand has been rebuilt thanks to £18,000 granted to Bankside Open Space Trust by Borough, Bankside & Walworth Community Council from its Cleaner Greener Safer Fund.

The new bandstand is the latest stage in the restoration of the Victorian garden laid out by social housing and urban garden pioneer Octavia Hill.

It was unveiled last month at a Christmas event in the garden.

"I am delighted that Southwark Council's CGS funding was able to support the restoration of Red Cross Garden," said Cllr Darren Merrill, cabinet member for environment, recycling, community safety and volunteering.

"The Red Cross Garden has such a rich history and importance to the community and its recent improvement of the bandstand has helped more people come and enjoy this wonderful garden.

"I'm sure the late Octavia Hill would be very proud of all the work done and I'm glad Southwark Council's CGS funding has been able to support her vision."

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