Gardens created in 1977 to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee are being revamped as the nation prepares to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee this summer.
Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank are being given a makeover fit for royalty – and also to mark the 2012 London Olympics.
Over 70 trees will be planted including English oaks, common beech and sweetgum.
Flower beds will be planted with red geraniums for the opening in spring, while ‘Orange Pixie’ lilies will take root in time for summer celebrations.
Project manager at architects West 8, Maarten Buijs, said: “Jubilee Gardens will be quintessentially English, with undulating lawns, large lush trees and boldly-coloured flower beds, planted with selected species to reflect seasonal changes.”
The gardens, which will be at their peak in June, aim to transform what has become a flat and featureless patch of grass into a garden of Royal Parks standard.
Over £8.7millon has been contributed to the scheme from project partners including Lambeth Council (£3.6m), The Mayor of London via Transport for London (£1.5m) and Shell and the EDF London Eye (3.6m).