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Harleyford Road Community Garden

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Harleyford Road Community Garden is on the site of a Georgian terrace that had long front gardens facing onto Harleyford Road, which by the 1970s were mostly demolished. In 1984 local residents began to grow vegetables on the wasteland and set up the Harleyford Road Garden Association to undertake a feasibility study. The community garden was designed and laid out from 1986-88 and continues to be maintained by local residents. It is divided into several areas and consists of a children's play area, lawns, picnic area, shrubberies of native and exotic species, a greenhouse and allotments area for herbs and vegetables, and a small pond. Recent features include a mosaic wall, extended mosaic paths and new benches.
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Site location: Harleyford Road/Bonnington Square
Postcode: SW8 1TF > Google Map
Type of site: Other - Community Garden
Date(s): 1984
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Lambeth
Site ownership: LB Lambeth (Housing Department), leased to Harleyford Road Garden Association
Site management: Harleyford Road Garden Association
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: weekdays until dusk
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 17 times, most recently in 2017.
Special conditions:
Facilities: playground
Events: Participates in OGSW
Public transport: Tube: Vauxhall (Victoria), Oval (Northern). Bus: 2, 36, 88, 185, 436
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Harleyford Road Community Garden is on the site of a Georgian terrace that had long front gardens facing onto Harleyford Road, which by the 1970s were mostly demolished; the land was largely in GLC ownership and later the responsibility of LB Lambeth Housing Department. In 1984 a community garden was formed here by Vauxhall Housing Co-op, which set up the Harleyford Road Garden Association to undertake a feasibility study. Initially vegetables were grown on the former wasteland and from 1986-88 the garden was designed and laid out by local residents, who continue to maintain it. The garden is divided into several areas and consists of a children's play area, lawns, picnic area, shrubberies of native and exotic species, a greenhouse and allotments area for herbs and vegetables, and a small pond. There are a few mature sycamores from the earlier domestic gardens, but otherwise the planting is entirely new. It has a perimeter wall with a small ironwork gate on Harleyford Road. It is used by schools and nursery groups for nature study. In 2009, new features include a mosaic wall, extended mosaic paths and new benches.

Sources consulted:

London Garden Squares Day information; Ian Yarham, Michael Waite, Andrew Simpson, Niall Machin, 'Nature Conservation in Lambeth', Ecology Handbook 26 (London Ecology Unit), 1994
Grid ref: TQ306778
Size in hectares: 0.6
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Vauxhall
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Other Public Open Space
   

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