King Henry's Walk Garden

King Henry's Walk Garden
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This once-derelict site has been transformed by volunteers into a beautiful organic garden, where local residents can grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers, join in the year-round programme of workshops and events, or simply relax in a peaceful environment.

The garden has a large raised bed along the south-facing wall, planted with espalier and fan-trained fruit trees and split into small plots for allocation to local people.

Visitors can enjoy the beautifully planted flower borders around the lawn (the garden is open to the public twice a week) or observe water wildlife at close hand from the low bridge across the pond.

The garden was designed for accessibility and a number of large metal planters are particularly suitable for people in wheelchairs or who have difficulty bending down.

The site also includes a small area of woodland, most unusual in this part of Islington, managed as an area of wildlife habitat. All planting has been planned to encourage biodiversity and attract beneficial insects.

The garden is run on sustainable principles. All garden waste is composted and reused on site. The raised beds and brick paths were built using recycled materials. A custom-built system collects rainwater and distributes it to butts around the garden.

Awarded an RHS It's Your Neighbourhood Champion of Champions Achievement Certificate in 2013 and a National Certificate of Distinction in 2012, the garden was voted Best Community Garden in London in Bloom 2011, 2010 and 2008. In addition to receiving awards for community participation and wildlife friendliness, it has been commended by Britain in Bloom judges as 'a centre of learning excellence'.

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