Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens could be fenced off

THE gardens of the royal pavilion could be fenced off to protect the estate’s ‘jewel in the crown’.

Plans to close the Brighton Gardens in the evening have been proposed after the Trust, which maintains the palace and its grounds, reported widespread littering, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

One of the few Regency gardens in the world, the Grade I listed garden was placed on Heritage England’s ‘At Risk Register’ in 2017 after concerns about the high number of visitors leaving a mess.

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove Museums, the new name of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, said: “The garden is hugely popular with residents and visitors alike, but its popularity has caused difficulties in recent years.

“The number of visitors has caused damage to plants and wildlife, litter is difficult to dispose of and the area suffers from anti-social behavior at night.

“It also has one of the highest crime rates in the city – from April 21 to February 22, 130 crimes were recorded in the garden, 33.5 percent of which were violent crimes (assaults, robberies and sex crimes).”

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A number of proposed changes are being explored, including widening the footpaths, improved planting, a program of activities, closing the garden at night and improving the boundaries around the site.

The Trust has received funding from Brighton and Hove City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to study how the garden can be restored and maintained as a safe place for all. The work and public consultations will take place over the next six to eight months.

The plans are due to be unveiled in the fall, with a community day planned for garden visitors, tourists and other interested groups.

If successful, work on fencing the park could begin in early 2024.

The Argus: There have been several calls for the park to be closed after dark following a string of serious crimes over the yearsThere have been several calls for the park to be closed after dark following a string of serious crimes over the years

The project is part of a wider plan by the council to upgrade the property as a cultural destination, with the first phase of the plan already underway, including the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Corn Exchange and the Grade II listed Studio Theatre.

The gardens, which are said to be the only fully restored Regency gardens in Britain, feature a variety of plants and are often used by street performers, particularly in summer.

However, in recent years, incidents of drug use, urination, indecent sexual behavior, and rape have occurred in space.

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