Belle Vue Park, Newport :: Shared Description

Opened in 1894 following the Town Council's decision in 1891 "That a public park should be procured for the town in some suitable locality". Lord Tredegar then donated some hillside fields to the Corporation for this purpose.
A design competition was held and was won by Thomas Mawson LinkExternal link , a landscape gardener of Windermere, who received a prize of £50. This was early in his career and was his first win in an open competition. He misunderstood directions on his first visit and made a design for an adjacent site, not realising his mistake until the first site visit after the contract had been awarded. The final cost of the park was £19,500.
Additional features and sporting facilities were added in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Another 11 acres were added to the park in 1953.
In 1996, the pavilion, conservatories, terrace and bandstand were granted Grade II listing and subsequently, in 2000, the same listing was given to the gates, gate piers, lodges and rustic tea house. The rustic tea house was badly damaged by fire in 2010.
In spring 2002 the Heritage Lottery awarded £1.5 million towards the restoration of the park and this was supplemented by £652,000 from Newport City Council. This restoration was completed in 2006 with the park being awarded Green Flag status in 2008.
With its Victorian structures, tea room and a great variety of ornamental trees, the park is attractive at all times of the year. The pavilion and conservatories are used for a range of events including community learning classes, business meetings, training events, community events, and exhibitions by local artists.
by Robin Drayton
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ST3087 : Belle Vue Park, closed (4) by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Autumn colour in Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Pergola, Belle Vue park by Robin Drayton
ST3086 : Entrance to Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Porcelain Fungus, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : View from the Pavilion, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : A carpet of liquid amber leaves in Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Rockery, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Walking the dog, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : A frosty sunrise in Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Belle Vue Park, closed (3) by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : A view from Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Belle Vue Park, closed (5) by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Raven, Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Snowy pergola, Belle Vue park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Autumn colours, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : An autumn walk with the dog, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Grey Squirrel, Belle Vue Park, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : The cascade, Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Bowling Club Pavilion, Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Walking the dogs in Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Liquid Amber tree, Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : A winter walk in Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton
ST3087 : Information Board, Pollinator Area, Belle Vue Park by Robin Drayton

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Created: Thu, 21 Oct 2010, Updated: Mon, 25 Oct 2010

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