Open Garden Squares Weekend

Ham & High, Horticultural heaven at London Open Garden Squares Weekend, 5th of June

For a spot of tranquillity, the contemporary calm of the World Peace Garden, South Hill Park, by Hampstead Heath, is the perfect idyll. After spending over 100 years as a derelict waste ground the local community transformed the space into a wooded glade with ponds, ambling walkways, and sweet scented flowers – it has aptly been described as “a sanctuary” by the National Trust, and as “a place to contemplate inner peace”.

Designed with the help of illustrious land artist Richard Long, this lavish garden contains a Tree of Hope, where visitors are encouraged to hang personal messages, and a Wishing Well to wish good health on others.

Jonathan Bergman, a trustee for the garden, says: “You have to visit it to understand, it is simply enchanting, and there is just such a vast difference between what it was and what it is now.”

Following “a tremendous response” from the local community, the garden committee has invited musicians, poets and storytellers for special performances at the open event.

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