Friends of Christchurch Gardens

The three-acre area known as Christchurch Gardens at the top of the Parade (originally called Beauchamp Gardens and recently sometimes refereed to as Top Park) was first laid out in the 1820s with Christchurch, which gave the gardens their name.  The gardens include tennis courts and a basketball court, which are loved and much used by locals.

Christchurch was a focal point at the top of the Parade for 130 years, but poor attendance, aggravated by the large number of alternative places of worship in Leamington, led to neglect of the structure and it had to be demolished at the end of the 1950s.  After demolition a block of residential flats was proposed for the site; this created an outcry and derision and the Leamington Courier published a mock-up picture of how these flats might look, so the site remains vacant to this day.

The gardens were much improved by WDC jointly with Leamington Town Council in 2010.  The Friends of Christchurch Gardens were created in 2018 as a result of a proposal by Warwick District Council to turn the courts into a permanent car park; this created such strong local protest that the proposal was quickly withdrawn.  The tennis courts are regularly used by nearby Kingsley School as well as the public, who may turn up and play without any booking.

The Friends of Christchurch Gardens work to protect, maintain and improve the gardens.  They have arranged several litter picking sessions and recently organised a popular tennis morning employing professional teachers to coach youngsters.

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