Battersea Park’s new Winter Garden was officially opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson
Funded by £150,000 raised by the Friends of Battersea Park and created by award-winning landscape designer Dan Pearson, the new garden has transformed the south-west corner of the park.
The 1.66-acre site incorporates 300 trees and 22,000 perennials. Its centrepiece is a group of multi-stemmed Persian ironwood trees and five Westmoreland boulders enclosed in an oval with two sculptural floating benches.
A £10,000 bequest by the Friends’ first secretary Elaine Hodges sparked the original idea for the garden in 2004. Since then the Friends have worked hard to raise the £150,000 needed to complete the project, with active support from local estate agent Douglas & Gordon.
The Friends describe the new garden as a living memorial to Elaine Hodges, who did so much for Battersea Park in her lifetime. Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This is a spectacular new feature to Battersea Park, providing a tranquil, colourful oasis in one of London’s best-loved green spaces. The Winter Garden is a testament to the hard work of a dedicated bunch of volunteers.”
Dan Pearson said: “There aren’t many Winter Gardens throughout the country, but winter shows some plants at their very best, and this one has been planted to ensure that there’s always something happening in the darkest months.”