Collingham Gardens Nursery

Collingham Gardens Nursery
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This is a completely hidden, semi-wild garden in the middle of Bloomsbury, with many large trees dating back at least a century.

It was originally part of the first graveyard set outside church land in London and belonged to St George the Martyr, Queen Square – the other half is now St George’s Gardens. The gravestones (and the bodies!) remain. It later became the site of a medical school specialising in anatomy and dissection, run by an American, Dr Cooke, used by the University of London and the nearby Garrett Anderson Hospital for Women.

The land is owned by the church of St George the Martyr and the nursery is a vital part of the community, offering pre-school learning experiences for local children.

The nursery’s ethos is ‘play and learning through exploration of the natural world’. The children connect with animals and learn to treat them with respect. They grow food, which they harvest and cook, and plant new trees to replace those that die.They experience a little oasis of greenery and wildness in central London.

Head: Katharine Browne

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