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East End park gets £500,000 make over

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:34 05 October 2010

Workmen in park

Workmen in park

WORK has begun to give a popular East End park a £500,000 spruce up for spring. Last week workmen ripped out shrub beds inside Bethnal Green Gardens along Cambridge Heath Road.

WORK has begun to give a popular East End park a £500,000 spruce up for spring.

Last week workmen ripped out shrub beds inside Bethnal Green Gardens along Cambridge Heath Road, and work to rejuvenate soil and plant fresh flowers inside the park is planned. Lack of water last summer meant newly planted shrubs died.

Tower Hamlets council asked residents how they wanted the £500,000 budget for the late Victorian park to be spent, as part of its £2 million programme to improve 10 parks in the boroughs.

Inside Bethnal Green Gardens designer Deirdre Munro will work on a new children's play area and the introduction of more habitats for wildlife, including logs.

The park also boasts a tennis court and football and netball pitch. The hard-surface sports area will be repaved and new markings and goals will be provided.

There will be extra seats and the area around the war memorial will be improved.

Other parks up for a make-over are Allen Gardens, Stepney Green Gardens, Wapping Gardens, Tredegar Square, Centrell Road Open Space, Poplar Park, St John's Park, Millwall Park and Meath Gardens. Funding is also going toward the implementation of the Victoria Park master plan.

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