Explore hidden gardens this weekend

Published: Thursday 15th June 17

Three of the borough’s community gardens will welcome visitors this weekend as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend.

The Paradise Co-op Urban Farm, Wandsworth

Open Garden Squares is a London-wide event that gives people a chance to see interesting and unusual gardens that are not normally open to the public.

In Wandsworth there are string of gardens taking part, including Bramford Community Garden, Wendelsworth Community Garden and the Orchard and Paradise Co-op Urban Farm in Wandsworth. Visitors can lean about growing fruit and vet, composting and other organising gardening techniques, plus information on how they engage with young people and connect them to nature.

Two borough schools are also taking part. Linden Lodge for visually impaired children in Southfields will show people what it’s like being guided through the garden wearing a blindfold, and Sellincourt Primary School in Tooting will be showing how art and poetry meet gardening to help children’s learning.

The Wendelsworth Community Garden

Other Wandsworth gardens include Putney’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Wildcroft Manor in Putney, the Thrive Garden in Battersea Park, the Share Garden in Springfield Hospital, Tooting, the Roehampton Club and the Grove House Estate and Downshire House gardens at Roehampton University.

Open Squares Weekend is organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Visit the website for more details and a full list of gardens.

Wandsworth Council’s environmental spokesman Jonathan Cook said:

“Open Garden Squares weekend is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of the borough’s hidden treasures. We are always interested in hearing from any of residents interested in setting up a community garden and funding for environmental projects, including community gardens and composting and reuse schemes may also be available through the Wandsworth Grant Fund.”

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