Rediscovering Lost Garden of Avon

Mayor of Stratford Cllr Victoria Alcock was on hand with artist Alisha Millar, front right, to unveil the Lost Garden of Avon. Photo: Mark Williamson C18/10/17/2801

IT’S one of Stratford’s least known little gems but over 150 years ago there was a magic Victorian garden to be found between Sheep Street and Bridge Street.

The gardens were pure grandeur and included a water fountain with crescent, diamond, star and oval shaped flower beds but with the passage of time they got neglected and lost to the public gaze until an ambitious heritage project launched by Escape Arts saw the gardens recreated and opened once again to the public.

The home of Escape is now the Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio off Sheep Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2014 the charity successfully received Stratford Town Trust funding to transform this derelict Grade ll listed building into a new heritage centre for the town.

The regeneration of the Lost Garden marks the next exciting phase of this urban project with the installation of a huge piece of artwork based on the heritage of the site.

To launch this exciting regeneration project Escape has commissioned Warwickshire artist Alisha Millar to create a large scale vinyl image depicting this long lost garden.

The artwork is now installed in the location of the original garden, giving viewers the opportunity to visualise how the space once looked.