Job done: Restoration of a sunken garden

Project: Refurbishing a sunken garden in Hammersmith, west London
Client: Peabody Trust
Contractor: Groundwork West London, Greenscene, Mather & Smith
Cost: £64,000

A sunken garden destroyed by bombs during World War Two has been brought back to life by a collaboration of contractors with environmental charity Groundwork.

The Peabody Trust's Hammersmith estate, in west London, benefited from the facelift, which was completed earlier this month. New paths, plants, turf and benches have transformed the run-down sunken garden, while an iron archway, railings and gates create an ornate perimeter around the space. The central plinth, which had been broken by overgrown roots, was re-laid by specialist contractor Mather & Smith, and safety work was carried out on the estate's largest tree, a beech.

The project was overseen by Groundwork West London, with assistance from landscape management contractor Greenscene.

Peabody Trust landscape regeneration manager Mathew Frith said: "We have successfully transformed a tired space into something that uplifts the square at the estate. The garden's design should help to meet the needs of the residents and complement the history of the estate.

"With the help of the residents, we will continue to preserve and manage the garden so that it forever remains the estate's centre of tranquillity."

The Hammersmith estate was built in 1926 but bombs destroyed most of the garden during World War Two. The project was funded by the Western Riverside Environmental Fund with grants secured by residents and the Peabody Trust.

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