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Winsford Gardens, Bromley

Type of open space: Park

Ward: Penge and Cator

London Borough: Bromley Council

County: Greater London

Country: England

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Historically, the private gardens of Winsford House, built by Mr. Stephen Gee in 1936. The garden holds many original features, including ornamental shrub beds, fruit trees, rose gardens and stunning stretches of lawn.

More recently, while open as a public park, the gardens were neglected. Environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers (formally BTCV) stepped in to recruit volunteers from the local area of Penge to form Penge Green Gym, a group who worked to breathe life into the gardens, transforming the site into an exciting, attractive community space and wildlife garden. Winsford Gardens is now independently run by the Penge Green Gym community group.

Since May 2011 work has been carried out through weekly sessions to increase colour and vibrancy in the gardens, create a sustainable food-growing space, herb garden and propagation area, develop a native wild flower meadow, increase wildlife habitats through constructing stag beetle loggeries, insect hotels and wood piles, and plant an urban orchard and hedgerows. Winsford Gardens is now a beautiful and peaceful community environment! And in 2012 our efforts were recognised by Bromley Council, who honoured us with an environmental award.

More recent projects completed include a natural seating and children's play area. We used materials sourced from natural and, where possible, local materials and hope to encourage the local community into the park. More funds will help us to renovate the rose gardens and urban orchard. Other plans include a Bog Garden within the remains of the fountain and ponds.

Features

  • Rose Garden
  • Orchard and Fruit Trees
  • Wild Flower Meadows
  • Stag Beetle Loggery
  • Insect Hotels
  • Hedgerow
  • Shrub Beds
  • Ornamental Trees
  • Interpretation Board
  • Greenhouse

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