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Kennington park flower garden wins £21,000 Heritage Lottery Boost

Plans to restore Kennington Park’s popular flower garden have today received a much needed £21,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project, run by the Friends of Kennington Park and Lambeth Council, aims to restore and enhance the Flower Garden, located within the park, for the enjoyment of the local community.  Work will start later this month on the development phase for the project with an application for a full grant planned for 2013.

The restoration will renew the garden’s planting and original features and encourage much greater use of the space while addressing the key issues of anti-social behaviour and improving access to the garden from the rest of the park.

Lambeth Council and the Friends of Kennington Park together will consult with local groups on how best to redevelop the Flower Garden. The final design will take different zones into account, including a sensory garden, and a children’s garden.  An activities programme will be key – with the aim of involving people of all ages through learning activities. Horticultural training will be offered to volunteers interested in taking part in the project.

The Flower Garden concept was developed in the 1890s and created in ten locations around London, with Kennington’s Garden being the penultimate green space.  The Flower Garden is one of Kennington Park’s main historic features.  Located within the London Borough of Lambeth, the park was created in 1854, it is one of the foremost parks in South London and is Grade II listed.

Gordon Johnston, Chairman of the Friends of Kennington Park said,

“We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The Flower Garden has fallen into some decay and this has meant that the space has become a focus for anti-social behaviour, deterring many people from using it. We are a step closer to ensuring that the Garden becomes once more a highlight of the park that people wish to visit again and again.”

Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said:

“I am delighted funding has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help Lambeth Council and the Friends of Kennington Park restore part of this much-loved historic park, to its former glory.

“Being surrounded by one of the most densely populated areas in London, the restored Flower Garden will act like a pair of green lungs for local people, who would otherwise be deprived of open green spaces to enjoy.”

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London said:

”We look forward in due course to receiving the detailed application with plans to restore this popular garden to its former glory and give the local community an insight into its history.”

 

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