Durand Gardens

Durand Gardens
(Photo: Durand Gardens Residents' Association)
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Durand Gardens are an unusual D-shaped space in the Stockwell Park Conservation Area. The shape of the garden is said to be derived from it once being the site of a plague pit. The area was developed from around 1840 to 1870, with houses built around the garden on a pattern-book system in a wide variety of styles.

The gardens themselves were neglected for many years until the residents bought them in the 1980s. Since then they have been kept as woodland gardens and are at their best in the spring, with large displays of bluebells and daffodils. The main group of trees are limes and oaks, with a scattering of specimen trees amongst them. The central grass area is a delightful spot for a picnic.

There is now a residents' scheme to develop a wider season of plant and tree display so that the gardens are also attractive in the summer and autumn. 

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