Image above: Abundance London mini meadow at Turnham Green Terrace; photograph Barbara Chandler
Chiswick is full of flowers, not just in private gardens and public parks but on odd little scraps of land such as beside the railway line, at the side of the road in the curve of the bridge on Sutton Court Rd, or outside the Town Hall.
If you’ve noticed them at all, you may just have assumed they’re cared for by the council, but actually they are the product of careful tending by environmental not-for-profit Abundance London and their volunteers.
Abundance London has been creating little gardens around Chiswick for the past decade. Small corners that fell through the cracks which had become areas for fly-tipping and rubbish collection have now become small ‘pocket’ parks.
Images above: Abundance London flowers; photographs Barbara Chandler
As an activity for children (or anyone else for that matter) they’ve put together a map of twelve sites they look after to make children aware that the urban environment is not just ‘there’, it needs to be cared for.
Follow the Treasure Trail around Chiswick, stamp the orienteering punch you will find in each garden in the correct square on the map. Each month Abundance gardeners will draw winners from the entries, who will receive gardening vouchers to spend at your local garden stores.
Image above: One side of the pocket gardens treasure trail map
How to get a map
Download to print out here: Chiswick pocket gardens treasure trail map
Or pick up a map from: Chateau (213 Chiswick High Road W4 2DW), Postmark Cafe (2 Bedford Corner, South Parade, W4 1LD) or Sabel Pharmacy (446 Chiswick High Road W4 5TT).
Urban Planters, a wonderful local company that design, source, install and maintain indoor and outdoor plants, has generously sponsored this competition, so Abundance can offer voucher prizes to those completing their Treasure Trails.
One entry per person. Please leave the punches in position. If a punch is missing, please email them on info@abundancelondon.
To send in your completed Treasure Trails: Either scan and email (make sure the punch holes show, you might need to add a black dot on each hole), along with a photo of yourself at one of the gardens. Or drop completed maps to one of the pickup points. Make sure to include your contact details.
Treasure trail available from 29 March 2021. Read more about the treasure trail and the other work Abundance London does on their website.
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