Updated: Jul 14
Trustees of the Twickenham Riverside Trust (the leaseholder of Diamond Jubilee Gardens) have been working closely with Richmond Parks Team in recent weeks to ensure the Gardens are looking their best as sunshine and summer approaches.
The Gardens, situated just behind Twickenham’s high street, offer a leafy respite from the hustle and bustle of the town centre - and, thanks to the efforts of Richmond Parks Team, are now looking greener than ever!
New planting has been put in place all around the Gardens, with fencing protecting the plants while they become established. Replacements for missing benches are scheduled to be installed both in the Gardens and down on the Riverside Embankment. There's also been fresh paint and other works carried out to ensure the area is safe for use for people of all ages.
The popular children's sandpit has also been tidied up and the Richmond Parks Team will be putting in a refreshed top layer in the coming weeks.
Cafe Sunshine, which offers training for people with learning disabilities, has been able to reopen (Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm) AND is now taking cashless payments. Cafe Manager Debbie and co-worker Anit are delighted with their new contactless machine - at last!
The café offers a lunch and afternoon tea menu and outdoor seating overlooking the River Thames and the iconic Eel Pie Island, with a grassed picnic area and playground adjacent. Takeaway food and coffee are also available.
Richmond Card members get a coffee and cake for £3.50 by presenting their card to the cashier. You can find out more here.
And last and by no means least, Twickenham's most convenient public toilets (to include both baby changing and disabled facilities) are also now open daily beside the Cafe.
So next time you are shopping on the high street and fancy a break, or looking for somewhere to meet a friend and enjoy the river views, do pop down to the Diamond Jubilee Gardens!