02 April 2012

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Phoenix Garden, Charing Cross, London. Photography by Alan Miller.Phoenix Garden, Charing Cross, London. Photography by Alan Miller.

Our theme for April, as Spring gets fully underway, is gardens.  The love affair between the British people and their gardens and allotments is legendary, and this month we want to hear from you about all aspects of gardens and gardening.  We will also be highlighting some of the great designed landscapes in the UK, many of which date back 100s of years and are associated with fine historic properties.

Let us know too about secret gardens you have come across on your travels, whether urban or rural.  A particularly unexpected city oasis is the lovely Phoenix Garden off Charing Cross Road in the heart of London.  This is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and it provides a wonderful respite from the busy city around it.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Photography by Kris Chapman.

The UK is also famous for its botanical gardens, with their extraordinarily rich biodiversity. A visit to one such as Sheffield’s beautifully restored Botanical Gardens is always worthwhile, and might also help you to find some of the remaining species in our Meet the Species project!  There are gardens too in some of the walks in Walk the World and more fascinating material is being added  to this website all the time, showing ourconnections with the 206 Olympic and Paralympic Nations.

Finally look out later this month for more information on London 2012’s Garden for the Games project which we are supporting through our links with the Local Leaders programme.  Have a great month in the great British outdoors!

Post by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance.

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