Last updated on 06 February 09
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Wimbledon Common

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460 hectares of birch and heather heath on the top of Wimbledon Hill, now surrounded by Greater London. A successful landscape plan has enabled the natural vegetation to be maintained at one fifth of the cost of a normal town park. Its execution was directed by Madeline Agar in the early 1920s with assistance from Brenda Colvin. Many conflicting land uses live happily together on the Common: golf, horse-riding, walking, football, children's play, cricket, model boating, outdoor swimming, courting and picking blackberries. Though the whole Common has never been designed (thankfully), it is a good example of the Picturesque aesthetic which influenced planting design in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Address - Parkside, Wimbledon, London, Greater London, England, SW19 5NR
Opening times - All year, Daily, Open dawn to dusk
Admission - Entrance free
Website - Visit the Wimbledon Common website

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This garden has been designed and influenced by Brenda Colvin

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