Friends of Victoria Gardens
Friends of Victoria Gardens were established in May 2008 with the full support of the former Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, who were then responsible for parks and gardens. Portland parks have now transferred to Portland Town Council.
The aim of the Friends' is to work closely with the council to make improvements to Victoria Gardens, which will not only benefit the community but be enjoyed by future generations.
Victoria Gardens has seen many changes, including ever evolving flower beds, since opening on 25th May 1904.
The American Memorial, commemorating the thousands of American troops who left Portland during D-Day, was installed in 1945. A service is held here each year on 6th June.
The grand gateway, based on the 1904 original, was reinstated in 2015.
The 3 acre gardens offer a children's play area, tennis courts and basketball hoop. Portland Victoria Bowls Club has its pavilion and bowling green within the gardens. The views across Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour are stunning.
Several annual events include the Teddy Bears' Picnic in the summer, the crocus planting by local school children in October ready for Spring and a Remembrance Day service around the American Memorial in November.
The Friends, currently 105 life members, are presently raising funds for the continued replacement of the perimeter fencing, the development of the Woodland Walk Project and the laying of a staging area for events.
We endeavour to produce a Newsletter each season to keep members updated on events and projects. We also hold committee meeting several times a year which are open to all members.
If you would like to become a member of the group, to be advised of events or to join in when we need a little help email the membership secretary using the contact details below.