At the Isle of Wight Society’s Conservation/RIBA New Build Awards, Queen Victoria’s private beach received the prestigious Landscaping Award for its restoration. The beach, which has been open to the public since July 2012, has undergone a number of improvements by English Heritage, including extensive work to restore the dilapidated 1950’s changing pavilion and the Queen’s Alcove, where Victoria could sit and look out to sea. Efforts were also made to conserve the vegetation surrounding the beach which features vegetated shingle of European ecological significance.
This was recognised at the awards where the judges praised the commitment to the ‘special protection of the flora and fauna’ and were also impressed by the period feel of the pavilion ice-cream parlour with its 1950’s style signage.
For more information about the Osborne House and Beach please visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/