gold medal and People’s Choice Award winning ‘Enchanted Gardens’, designed by Butter Wakefield, arrived in its
various parts from Derbyshire on the 15th June to a gang of Belmond
volunteers eager to re-home the plants at their new site on the estates bordering
An incredibly productive (and hot!) day of work resulted in
a new allotment space, the planting of eighteen 2.5m tall hornbeams to form
small native hedges, a new 26sqm flower bed and the preparation of existing
beds ready for a fresh planting scheme.
The work will continue over the coming
weeks with residents undertaking the final elements of planting and sections of
wildflower meadow are planned for spring 2018. Not only will the final project dramatically
improve the aesthetic of these gardens and make them more user-friendly to
residents but it will also bring major ecological benefits.
Alison Booth, Editorial Director at Belmond said: "It was tough but
exciting work and we are delighted with the finished result. We are pleased
that local residents will give it new life by tending it on community gardening
days over the years to come.”
Work to improve the space had already begun as
part of Team London Bridge’s programme to enhance the area’s pockets of
greenery and connect the residential and business communities, however the
donation of the Chatsworth garden was a welcome surprise which has rapidly
accelerated and raised the ambitions of the project. We, and the residents of
Northfleet & Betsham House are incredibly grateful to Butter, the team at
Belmond and our gardeners from Putting Down
Roots for helping deliver the transformation.