VJ Day Commemoration

A ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ) day was held at the FEPOW memorial in Town Quay Park on 15th August 2020. You can see a short video of part of the ceremony at the Southampton City Council website.The memorial plaque, which is a national monument, commemorates the repatriation of men,… Continue reading VJ Day Commemoration

Mayflower 400 Pilgrim Apple Tree

On the 11th February a unique new variety of apple tree, the Pilgrim 400, was planted in Cuckoo Lane, alongside the Mayflower daffodils, to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Southampton. The tree is just 1 of 18 specially bred by Nottinghamshire horticulturalist and BBC gardening correspondent, John Stirland, who brought it… Continue reading Mayflower 400 Pilgrim Apple Tree

Spring growth in Town Quay Park

Spring is here in Town Quay Park With the coming of spring, the spring flowers have started to come up, making the park colourful. Including some bluebells. The Woodland glade, with its young trees donated by local businesses and residents, is starting to show green leaves and in some cases, spring blossoms. The existing trees… Continue reading Spring growth in Town Quay Park


Four intrepid volunteer gardeners defied the wind and rain of Storm Gareth to plant 200 bluebell and wood anemone bulbs in the Woodland Glade on Tuesday 12th March. Gardening Co-ordinator Philippa Taman said: “With these bulbs being delivered ‘in the green’ and already sprouting we had no alternative but to plant them within 24 hours,… Continue reading UNDAUNTED

Rosemary Hellyar

Sadly, Rosemary Hellyar, one of the founding members of Friends of Town Quay Park, died in her home at Ironside Court at the end of February, just 3 months short of her 89th birthday. Rosemary, along with her good friend Fiona Roberts, was very active in the 2009/10 campaign to save Town Quay Park from… Continue reading Rosemary Hellyar

Town Quay Park accessible from French Street and from High Street

With the completion and opening of the new accessible entrance to the Park from French Street, Town Quay Park has become accessible for users coming from French Street as well as the High Street, if they use wheelchairs, buggies or have issues with steps. Southampton City Council had made some money available for the park… Continue reading Town Quay Park accessible from French Street and from High Street