Former Civic Trust Garden In The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park), Warminster, Reopened And Renamed The Elisabeth Collyns Garden

Wednesday 18th April 2018:

Former Civic Trust Garden In The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park), Warminster, Reopened And Renamed The Elisabeth Collyns Garden

Warminster Town Council was delighted to host an opening ceremony on Monday morning (16th April 2018) for the old Civic Trust Garden in the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park), Warminster, which had been closed for several years after being vandalised. 

Students from Fairfield Farm College, Dilton Marsh, had cleared away the brambles and replanted the garden, and staff from Ray Thomas Property Services had replaced the retaining wooden sleepers free of charge to get the garden back into a usable state.

Warminster Town Council has recently received funds from the estate of the late Nora Louise McMinn, who had made a bequest of £1,000 to the Warminster Civic Trust. Since Warminster Civic Trust was removed from the Charities register on 17th June 2017, Warminster Town Council has been determined to be the proper recipient of its funds and is continuing work that was undertaken by the Trust. Thanks to these funds it has been possible to replace the pump and repair the electrics for the water feature, and to have the railings surrounding the garden painted.

The garden has been renamed the Elisabeth Collyns Garden in recognition of the efforts Elisabeth put in as Chairman of the Warminster Civic Trust to bring the garden to fruition. Elisabeth was the guest of honour at the reopening, which was conducted by the Mayor of Warminster Rob Fryer in the presence of members and officers of Warminster Town Council and representatives from Fairfield Farm College, Ray Thomas Property Services and Longleat Lodge.

The Mayor, Councillor Rob Fryer, said: “It’s a pleasure to add the reopening of the Elisabeth Collyn Garden to the expanding list of successes we’ve had in the Lake Pleasure Grounds. I hope that many people will take time out to enjoy the tranquillity of this delightful space.”

 Photograph shows from left to right: 
Cllr Tony Nicklin (Deputy Mayor), Fiona Fox 
(Town Clerk), Cllr Rob Fryer (Mayor), 
Elisabeth Collyns, Cllr Denis Brett, 
Cllr Sue Fraser, Stuart Legg (Park and Open 
Spaces Manager), plus representatives from 
Longleat Lodge and Ray Thomas Property Services.