Abundance To Hand Back Town Hall Garden to Council

Contractor had previously concreted over the space

Planting the Flagpole Garden in March 2015
Planting the Flagpole Garden in March 2015. Picture: Abundance London

Abundance London is to hand back the Chiswick Town Hall Garden to Hounslow Council.

It has been tending the garden since 2015 but it will be taken over by the council at the end of this month following a review by the voluntary organisation.

The central feature of this garden is the flagpole, so this area represents the heart of Chiswick's formal municipal presence.

London Borough of Hounslow recently took back the running of the leisure centres and Town Hall buildings throughout the borough from Fusion Lifestyle.

Fusion had covered the Town Hall garden in concrete and plastic grass and installed a large advert. Abundance London - in partnership with the Friends of Turnham Green - took over the area, sledge-hammered out the concrete and restored the garden. For the past six years it has funded, planted, weeded, litter picked and watered the garden.

The Flagpole Garden in full flowerThe Flagpole Garden in full flower

The formal knot garden style planting was designed by Jutta Wagner. Cheryl Lanyon, assisted by Julie Aldridge and Jennie Figaro, have looked after it. Cheryl's departure from London, in conjunction with a review by Abundance, were the deciding factors in the decision to return care of this public space to the council.

Abundance London was founded in 2010 and harvests surplus fruit, plants orchards, hedgerows and trees, tries to reconnect people with nature and protect it in an urban setting and aims to create beautiful spaces, mainly through planting but also through art.

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June 5, 2021