Abundance London gives up Town Hall garden

Image above: The Flagpole Garden in full flower; photograph Abundance London

Abundance London will no longer look after the garden outside Chiswick Town Hall. The voluntary organisation, which carries out environmental projects, has looked after the Town Hall garden since 2015.

Abundance volunteers look after a number of patches of public and council land in Chiswick. They recently published a ‘treasure map‘ of locations where they have created ‘pocket gardens’ to teach children the value of caring for the urban environment in which we live, awarding prizes to those who visited all the gardens on the map.

Karen Liebreich, Director of Abundance London, said:

“The group is currently reviewing the gardens it looks after around Chiswick and as part of this review it has decided to hand back the Town Hall Garden to the care of LB Hounslow at he end of the month.

“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 we have funded, planted, weeded, litter picked and watered the garden”.

Image above: Planting the Flagpole Garden in March 2015; photograph Abundance London

The central feature of this garden is the flagpole, so this area represents the heart of Chiswick’s formal municipal presence. The current formal knot garden style planting was designed by Jutta Wagner.

“Cheryl Lanyon, assisted by Julie Aldridge and Jennie Figaro, have looked after it beautifully” said Karen.

“Cheryl’s departure from London, in conjunction with a review by Abundance, mean that the time has come for Abundance London to hand over this garden to the care of the London Borough of Hounslow”.

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