About us

About the Drake's Place Project

Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir on North Hill are an important part of Plymouth’s history and provide a rare green space in a very busy urban area.

Plymouth University took over the lease for the site in 2007 and invested £300,000 in making the gardens more attractive and secure. In 2010 we received around £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for structural investigations and developing ideas for Drake’s Place in collaboration with the community.

Following a public consultation with residents, students and staff, we received over 800 comments and ideas on how we could bring back the gardens and reservoir into the life of the community for everyone to enjoy, with opportunities for leisure, learning activities, training and volunteering projects, and events.

Our vision is to restore the site as an accessible, welcoming haven for people and wildlife, in keeping with its Victorian character. 

Although the results of our public consultation have now been analysed and fed into our plans, you are still welcome to leave comments through our short survey – thank you.

Drake’s Place Project compressed