A plaque has been unveiled to officially mark the granting of Queen Elizabeth II Field status to Helen Gardens.
The granting of the coveted status will now protect the much loved and unique cliff top gardens forever.
The land was conveyed to the council in 1933 from wealthy Helen Reid Stewart Hornby Lewis shortly after her death and after whom the garden is named.
They were landscaped prior to being formally opened to the public in 1935.
Steve Wallis, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said, “This is fantastic news. The gardens have continued to be preserved and enhanced by the council with the most recent major works being to the pavilion which was re-thatched in 2012.
“The perimeter of the gardens has also been improved with new railings on the boundary closest to Bede’s School and extensive replacement hedge planting to the entire road frontage during late summer 2011.”
Dennis Scard, the chair of Meads Community Association and a member of the St Johns Bowls Club within the gardens, said, “This plaque recognises the value of these gardens to local residents and I am sure Helen Reid Stewart Hornby Lewis would be delighted that the council has gained this award.”