Leading estate agent Hamptons International is proud to be a sponsor of Open Garden Squares Weekend which this year takes place on 9th and 10th of June.
Over 200 of London’s green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for the enjoyment of all. Gardens range from the traditional garden square, to cutting edge spaces, to roof gardens, with lots in-between. The garden of Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence and office of the Prime Minister, is available to visit via public ballot.
Eight new gardens will be added to the mix this year including Nomura International PLC’s roof terrace with panoramic views of the Thames, The Growing Kitchen in Hoxton which was previously a disused site and is now a shared garden with micro-allotments, and The Coutts Skyline Garden.
Open Garden Squares Weekend has its origins in London Garden Square Day which was held some 20 years ago with just 43 gardens. In 1998, as it is today, the event was run almost entirely by volunteers. Like then, it continues to be a fantastic family day out.
Entrance is free to children under the age of twelve, with a range of activities to keep little ones entertained such as giant chess at Southwark Cathedral Churchyard, bee keeping and wax candle making at Bee Urban and much more.
Lesley Cairns, Managing Director of Hamptons International comments: “We are delighted to once again be sponsoring Open Garden Squares Weekend, a unique annual event where London’s finest green patches can be enjoyed by the public. We look forward to glimpsing the new gardens featured this year and learning the cultural and historical significance behind them.
Ruth Holmes, Chair of the London Parks & Gardens Trust, organisers of the event, said: “London Parks and Gardens Trust opened the first gardens in 1998, hoping to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of London’s green infrastructure network. Today, over two decades on, the Weekend is a powerful celebration of the importance of gardens, squares and green spaces to the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of London.”
For further information please contact:
Press Officer, Hamptons International
T: 020 7758 8405