The famous red gates at Liverpool’s Strawberry Fields are once again open to the public after a significant restoration. This project carried out by Gavin Jones Ltd aims to revitalise an integral part of The Beatles history.
Work on the restoration, carried out by landscaping specialist Gavin Jones Ltd, part of Nurture Landscapes Group, and architect Rankin Fraser, was completed in September 2019.
Immortalised in the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields is an important landmark in the story of the world-famous band’s inspiration, but this vital part of local history has never been open to the public until now. The restoration project aims to inspire today’s generation and boost the economy in Liverpool through tourism.
This major project involved the importation of 2000 tonnes of specialist topsoil, the excavation of specialist bespoke designed tree pits and subsequent planting of 85no mixed species trees of up to 40cm in girth, and the construction of heartwood larch bespoke garden shelters.
In addition, Gavin Jones planted more than 14 000 shrubs in the woodland area and restored the existing landscape architecture by utilising artefacts saved from the original Strawberry Fields Orphanage.
Ben Farmer, regional contracts manager at Gavin Jones, said:
“It’s a privilege to have a part in restoring the abandoned Strawberry Fields to its former glory. We know that the site holds a lot of meaning, so the original look and architecture of the site was used as inspiration.
“We believe it shows how much people care about this historic site and we anticipate it will help to enhance the Beatles legacy in Liverpool.”
Gavin Jones Ltd is an award-winning landscape specialist, whose services include grounds maintenance, landscape construction, tree care and plant displays. It has won numerous sector awards, including many prestigious BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) awards.
More information about Gavin Jones Ltd and its work is available online: https://www.gavinjones.co.uk/