The first phase of works to enhance the Tewkesbury riverside walk in the heart of the town – at St. Mary’s Road and Prior’s Court – has now been completed thanks to funding from Tewkesbury’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ).

The HSHAZ is a partnership between Tewkesbury Borough Council and Historic England to invest £1m in the regeneration of the historic town centre.

Working in collaboration with Tewkesbury Town Council, phase one has seen the replacement of the unsightly mesh fencing with a new post-and-rail fence to match the other areas of the riverside walk.

Future plans for the riverside are in the early stages of development, but currently include: clearing weeds from the stone wall opposite the new fence in Prior’s Court and repairing it using traditional lime mortar, and repairing the wall near the moorings on St Mary’s Road. Following these improvements, the town council will be working with Tewkesbury in Bloom to install a new wildflower planting area.

Tewkesbury Town Council clerk, Debbie Hill, said: “Now that the new railings are in place, it’s hard to remember what the riverside looked like before. We’ve had so many lovely comments from regular walkers along this route, all wanting to say thank you to the Town Council and the HSHAZ for undertaking this project.”

Historic England regional manager, Rebecca Barrett, said: “We’re really pleased to see Tewkesbury town centre receiving the attention and investment it deserves. The riverside is one of the things that makes Tewkesbury special, and I’m delighted that through the High Street Heritage Action Zone we’re able to help care for and enliven the riverside walk.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development and Promotion, Councillor Richard Stanley, said: “I’m delighted that, thanks to our partnership with Historic England, we have been able to make such a difference to the riverside walk. It’s clear from feedback that the work carried out so far has increased the enjoyment of those who use it, and I’m certain that future improvements will further enhance the beauty of what is one of Tewkesbury’s great assets.”