The Town Council is responsible for a large number of open space sites in Malvern, including the following:
Rose Bank Gardens
In February 2012 the Town Council took over the maintenance of Rose Bank Gardens on a 99-year lease from Malvern Hills District Council. The gardens were originally gifted to the town in 1918 by Charles William Dyson Perrins (of Lea and Perrins' Worcestershire Sauce fame) as a public pleasure garden. The Town Council intends to return the Gardens to their former glory as far as it is possible, and significant work has already been carried out to repair stone walls and railings, open up overgrown areas, and replant and restore the many floral beds that gave the area its name.
Already, Rose Bank Gardens is significantly improved, and has been praised by visitors and locals alike. It is an ideal venue for outdoor theatre events, which Malvern Town Council organises along with Illyria (an Equity-compliant company) - this year two productions will be staged in Rose Bank Gardens - Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe on Friday July 24th, and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas on Friday August 14th.
More recently, a statue of two buzzards was installed into Rose Bank Gardens, sponsored by Malvern Town Council, Malvern Hills District Council and private investors. The buzzards were created by Walenty Pytel, one of the world’s foremost animal and bird metal sculptors, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. The sculpture is matt grey in colour, has a wingspan of 8ft, and is mounted on a 16ft high steel girder. The statue is easily visible from central Malvern as well as a superb way to enter the gateway to the hills.
Great Malvern Library Grounds
Malvern Town Council's Head Gardener maintains the grounds of Malvern Library, ably assisted by keen gardeners from amongst the residents of Malvern who volunteer their time to help keep the Library Grounds looking their best. Malvern Library's grounds also house the Great Malvern War Memorial, and Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day observations are held here each year.
This island, surrounded by residential dwellings, has hand a number of trees planted on it by Town Council staff. The area is used for community events, and if you have a chance their Christmas lights are well worth a visit.
Station Road Gardens
This small area of parkland outside Great Malvern Railway Station, shaded by mature trees, forms a lovely place to relax before hopping on your train. The gardens are maintained by Town Council Operations staff and community groups plant bulbs each year. The garden is a riot of colour in the spring, with snowdrops, daffodils, and crocuses blooming in succession.
Other open spaces/recreational grounds include:
Lower Howsell Road
Yates Hay Road