Town Hall flagpole garden

Abundance London and the Friends of Turnham Green were asked by Fusion Lifestyle, who now run the Town Hall on behalf of Hounslow Council, to re-plant the small corner garden next to the Town Hall on the corner of Heathfield Terrace and Sutton Court Road. For the past year it has been a plastic lawn with an advert on it, which was very neat and tidy, and a great improvement on the weedy mess that preceded it. Jutta Wagner, whom some will remember from her fantastic work at the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden in the old days, has been working on some designs. Our brief was to make something “traditional with a modern twist”, that would look good all year round, that would have structure, colour and bee-friendly elements, based around the idea of a herbal knot garden. Given that the corner is small, semi-shady and subject to very close inspection by Chiswick residents as they pass, as well as being high-profile with the flagpole in the centre and the golden postbox to one side, this was no mean task. We would like to thank Fusion for being brave and giving us the opportunity to work on this garden.

We would like to invite you all to take a look at the designs here: Chiswick Town Hall2 and let us know what you think asap on, or in the comments section below.

If we were following in the best traditions of London Borough of Hounslow’s “consultations” (Empire House, heritage lighting, CPZ’s, wheelie bins, etc etc)  we would then be able to tick that pesky little consultation box, ignore you all and do exactly what we intended to do all along.  However, since we are not democratically elected nor following any party line, nor commercially greedy, we might actually listen.

6 thoughts on “Town Hall flagpole garden

  1. I like the ‘arches’ design and think it would be the easiest to maintain. ( Ongoing maintenance would be important – who would be responsible for that?). I also like the ‘blobs and balls’, which have a nice meadowy look in keeping with most people’s feeling that the plastic lawn is just not appropriate and that it should be more environmentally friendly. However, keeping them in shape would be essential, as they would just end up as untidy and ill-defined shapes otherwise. I think softer, rounded shapes would work better than the square/rectangular hedging, reflecting the curved outer edge of the bed. Perhaps Japanese quince could be planted against the walls to give winter colour, or winter-flowering jasmine? Spring and summer bulbs could also go in and would basically look after themselves. Thank you for consulting and good luck!

  2. Some comments submitted to Abundance via email:
    I like the very last design, looks as if design drawn with a school compass. Otherwise, like the geometical design, the curved lines and Villandry garden of love is very nice.
    Thanks for looking after this little plot.


    here is a thought for the design element
    maybe it can be incorporated with all the other planting ideas

    see here
    – it is an abstracted coat of arms relevant to Chiswick’s municipal history

    i.e. forerunner with a few more bits of Chiswick left,
    some of which are also part of the LBH crest as it is now
    it could signify Chiswick’s municipal history and future,
    of yesterday and today
    as an abstract planting design ?
    obviously there will be limitations re plants
    and incorporating the all year round aspects and bees
    and position of plot
    but maybe this symbolic design as a starting point
    will give an anchor in an idea and a meaning
    and some civic pride

    whaddaya think ?

    with regard to colour that might not be available for all the seasons
    and especially the blue waves element
    which I understand signifies Chiswick
    there could be pieces of blue driftwood,
    symbolising the waves, on top of wire things like plant markers
    when there is no blueish colour available in the season
    and the red bits could have a seasonal display of red poppies
    for the rememberance time of the year
    could add another layer of meaning
    and maybe Chiswick school or nursery kiddies might like to make some wire based ones
    to include in the red of the display

    I like the design basically, though perhaps there is a bit too much variety for the space available. If you want green, which is always restful, why not use Soleirolia soleroliae, as I do?
    A small-leaved ivy to clamber slowly up the flagpole?
    Lastly, I don’t know about the yellow leaved Santolina but the flowers of the green variety have the worst smell imaginable – like cat wee and dog poo mixed. I had to remove a lovely plant of this from my front garden for this reason. Incidentally Teucrium has to be cut five times a year to keep a decent shape. It is not easy to prune as the shoots are not very stiff. They can grow very large quite quickly if left. Who will maintain this garden? Frequency?

    All the best

  3. I like the Celtic knot design and the balls and blobs , but can see the difficulty in maintaining. How about a mix of hedge, taller at the back and reducing height as moving forward to the front, interspersed with arcs of flowers which would brighten the display through the summer but so that you are able to see each arc of pattern,either hedge or floral, none obscured by the row in front.

  4. I like the first and last designs in principle which reflect the curved site and windows. Hate the angular straight line designs which do not fit at all. The key will be the upkeep and ensuring that it is well looked after (the plastic grass was obviously great for this) otherwise it will quickly turn into an untidy and unkempt mess.

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