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Leicester Cathedral's plans for new gardens

New plans to create gardens outside Leicester Cathedral have been unveiled.

The gardens will not only provide somewhere quiet and relaxing to sit, they will also play host to outdoor events and performances for up to 800 people.

The plans merge three separate space. Two previously separate Cathedral Precincts and the grounds of the former grammer school.

A lawn, water feature and Churchyard will feature in the space along with the Wyggeston Garden, named after the Wyggeston Hospital, its remains date from 1513.

"We have long wanted to give the Cathedral its proper setting in the city and to make our spaces more attractive. Cathedral Gardens will now allow us to do just that."

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens

The gardens scheme will cost £3m. Half will be paid by the Mayor's overall improvements programme. The Cathedral and Diocese intend to raise the rest.

The proposals are now subject to planning consent from both church and secular authorities, and formal applications are being submitted to both.

Architech's computerised image of the gardens.