The Garden Guide

Wimbledon Common

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.

Parkside, Wimbledon, London, Greater London, England, SW19 5NR

All year, Daily, Open dawn to dusk

Entrance free

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