The Park was restored and improved for the whole community to continue to enjoy:

  • The Kiosk building, which is a former Air Raid Precautions warden shelter, was refurbished and extended to provide a café with indoor and outdoor seating areas, a community room, and toilets.
  • The old playground and Rose Garden were transformed into a re-landscaped Young Play Area and upgraded with new play equipment, including toddler swings, a playhouse and slide, larger swings, a sand pit, a zipwire, play towers with climbing ropes and slides, and a water feature: all protected behind dog‑proof fencing again.
  • The old tennis courts were replaced by a new Games Area, with climbing wall, basketball hoop with half-court, and outdoor gym equipment, to improve the provision of formal and informal play, using designs by local children and providing features for all ages.
  • New Tennis Courts were built on the grass area behind the Building, fully enclosed and with a modern asphalt playing surface.
  • A new “feature” SE Entrance was created from St.James’ Road, close to its junction with Church Street, to improve access to visitors from the east of the Park.
  • A new “low key” NE Entrance was created near the junction of Winchester Road and St.James’ Road to improve access to the Park.
  • The existing NW, W, and S Entrances were all refurbished.
  • A Scenic Walkway with viewing areas across the Park was created along the north bank by Winchester Road.
  • Part of the old Rose Garden was transformed into a Botanical Walk, with a focal point Gazebo looking out over the Central Pitch.
  • A new pathway was created along the south side of the Central Pitch.

As well as the landscaping and building works outlined above, more than 40 new trees – mostly indigenous species, with some hardy exotics – were planted in St.James’ Park, as well as a large number of smaller shrubs:

  • 19 Cherry Trees
  • 13 Palm Trees
  • 6 Euodia
  • 3 London Planes
  • 2 Oaks
  • Ash
  • Field Maple

These additional plantings compensated for the unexpected and sad loss of three cherry trees in the Playground, each of which was found to have succumbed to terminal fungal diseases and had to be removed for safety reasons; the removal of a holly tree to make way for the new SE Entrance; and the removal of three conifers to allow room for the Building to be extended.

All tree removals were approved by Southampton City Council‘s Trees Team.

The diagram above right indicates where the new trees were planted.

+ The Plans

The Park was restored and improved for the whole community to continue to enjoy:

  • The Kiosk building, which is a former Air Raid Precautions warden shelter, was refurbished and extended to provide a café with indoor and outdoor seating areas, a community room, and toilets.
  • The old playground and Rose Garden were transformed into a re-landscaped Young Play Area and upgraded with new play equipment, including toddler swings, a playhouse and slide, larger swings, a sand pit, a zipwire, play towers with climbing ropes and slides, and a water feature: all protected behind dog‑proof fencing again.
  • The old tennis courts were replaced by a new Games Area, with climbing wall, basketball hoop with half-court, and outdoor gym equipment, to improve the provision of formal and informal play, using designs by local children and providing features for all ages.
  • New Tennis Courts were built on the grass area behind the Building, fully enclosed and with a modern asphalt playing surface.
  • A new “feature” SE Entrance was created from St.James’ Road, close to its junction with Church Street, to improve access to visitors from the east of the Park.
  • A new “low key” NE Entrance was created near the junction of Winchester Road and St.James’ Road to improve access to the Park.
  • The existing NW, W, and S Entrances were all refurbished.
  • A Scenic Walkway with viewing areas across the Park was created along the north bank by Winchester Road.
  • Part of the old Rose Garden was transformed into a Botanical Walk, with a focal point Gazebo looking out over the Central Pitch.
  • A new pathway was created along the south side of the Central Pitch.
+ New Trees

As well as the landscaping and building works outlined above, more than 40 new trees – mostly indigenous species, with some hardy exotics – were planted in St.James’ Park, as well as a large number of smaller shrubs:

  • 19 Cherry Trees
  • 13 Palm Trees
  • 6 Euodia
  • 3 London Planes
  • 2 Oaks
  • Ash
  • Field Maple

These additional plantings compensated for the unexpected and sad loss of three cherry trees in the Playground, each of which was found to have succumbed to terminal fungal diseases and had to be removed for safety reasons; the removal of a holly tree to make way for the new SE Entrance; and the removal of three conifers to allow room for the Building to be extended.

All tree removals were approved by Southampton City Council‘s Trees Team.

The diagram above right indicates where the new trees were planted.