Royal Crescent Gardens

Royal Crescent Gardens
(Photo: Gavin Gardiner)
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These gardens are part of the Norland Estate, developed from around 1840 by Robert Cantwell, who laid out Royal Crescent in 1846. 

The perimeter railings, removed in WW2, were restored in 1997. The gardens have been restored since 2003 and a gazebo, specially made for the garden, is a beautiful centre-piece, surrounded by a rose and herbaceous border.

The Gardens have some beautiful trees, with two magnificent plane trees at least 170 years old, a tulip tree, red oak and some younger specimens, such as Prunus mackii, snakebark maple, Gleditzia, Liquidamber, MagnoliaDavidia involucrata. Other new trees are planned for 2017/2018.

The garden won the Kensington Society award for garden design in 2007 and first prize for communal gardens in North Kensington under the Brighter Kensington and Chelsea Scheme in 2008. It came second in the communal gardens class from 2009 to 2013 and again in 2016 and 2017. The garden has also won awards from the London Gardens Society in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Contract Gardener: Joseph Jones

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