Highgate volunteers spruce up Waterlow Park to mark 125th anniversary

Volunteers plant a new herbaceous border to mark Waterlow Park's 125th anniversary. Picture: Polly H

Volunteers plant a new herbaceous border to mark Waterlow Park's 125th anniversary. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Volunteers armed with gardening forks and spades replanted a herbaceous border to mark a Highgate park’s 125th anniversary.

The new border in Waterlow Park is designed by former doctor Peter Reader, of Highgate, who retrained as a garden designer.

Green-fingered residents got their hands dirty earlier this month to put in new plants and tend the new border.

Waterlow Park was bequeathed to the public by Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1889 as a “garden for the gardenless”. The replanting of the border is the first event to celebrate the anniversary, which officially takes place next year.

Friends of Waterlow Park member Patricia Walby said: “The planting has been paid for by the public in true Victorian tradition and will add a much needed sparkle to an otherwise beautiful avenue of herbaceous borders.”


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