AFTER months of closure the gardens at the Princess Pavilion have finally reopened to the public today for the first time since March.

Councillor Steve Eva, town mayor, said ‘The Council are very pleased to have worked with GLL and Cornwall Council to enable us to get the gardens re-opened to the public, it is a very important community asset to Falmouth and can now be accessed and enjoyed again. Our Gardening Team have worked hard and will now maintain the gardens.

‘We continue to work with Cornwall Council to formally transfer the gardens as well as Princess Pavilion to the Town Council’s local management

Please use the gardens responsibly and respect the social distancing requirements’.

Posting on Facebook, the Falmouth Town Council gardening team of Jack Aston and Tom Carthey said: “Today is a great day for the people of Falmouth as the Pavilion Gardens are now open for you all to enjoy.

“Please respect social distancing. Sadly the toilets and cafe remain closed But this is a step in the right direction.”

The gardens have reopened on the first day of the national lockadown being lifted and Cornwall going into Tier One.

Princess Pavilion has been closed since March due to Government Covid restrictions which had made it unviable to be open. But plans are in the pipeline for to reopen it next year after the town council agreed to take the site over from GLL.


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At a meeting of Falmouth Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes committee on Monday, councillors were told that the reopening had depended on the building’s insurers Zurich, the county council and GLL, who currently run it.

Coun Steve Eva welcomed the news that the gardens would be opening suggesting that the council placed a Christmas Tree on the bandstand for the public to enjoy, saying he would pay for it out of his own budget.

“I wonder if we could have trees up there?” he said. “It would be nice to have one on the bandstand then when people have a look around they have something in the middle to have a look at.”