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Bonnington Square Garden (1994)

Take a bomb site, add a lot of community spirit and what you can get is an absolute masterpiece. The Bonnington Square Garden Association was set up to make use of some wasteland having been alerted by a builder wanting to use the land for storage.  The council had erected some swings back in the 1970s but the site had fallen into dis-repair.

The gardens were designed by committee as a homage to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and must be one of the best adverts for design by committee that you will ever come across.  As if that wasn’t enough the Association went to transform Bonnington Square ‘planting trees, vines, street gardens, in every available space.’

If you want to visit the Bonnington Square ‘Pleasure’ Garden, the most scenic route is through the Harleyford Rd Community Gardens.  (The entrance is near the Beehive Pub).  Across the road from the garden there is the Italo delicatessen where you can get coffee etc.  Also worth visiting is the community run Bonnington Cafe (open 7 days a week, 12:00 to 14:00 and 18:30 to  22:30).

Bonnington Square Garden entrance Bonnington Square Garden silver birches Bonnington Square Garden wheel