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Green areas in the City 26th Jul 2016

We have been enjoying some fine warm weather of late, which leads to city workers seeking out some green spaces to enjoy their lunch, and take a few minutes to enjoy some rays during their break. We asked David Thompson, a Blue Badge City of London Guide, for his recommendations and insight on a couple of gardens.

The Corporation of London is responsible for maintaining numerous small spaces within the City. Enticing beautifully maintained green spaces offering workers and visitors opportunity to take a few moments respite from modern life. Some of these spaces are of ancient origin such as graveyards of churches lost in the Great Fire of London and not rebuilt. Whereas others are comparatively new. 

The so called Postman's Park off St Martins le Grand, formerly the churchyard of St Botolph without Aldgate, today provides a green oasis from the intensity of the City's built environment. The Park also contains one of the City's curiosities and a tribute to Victorian sentiment: a wall of over 50 lettered and decorated Royal Doulton panels commemorating 'heroic men and women' who died in their endeavours to save others. The park derived its name from being a popular lunchtime spot for workers from the nearby Old Post Office.

The herbaceous gardens within the walls of neighbouring WW2 damaged Christchurch, which have been planted to mirror the lost church's former interior, are a relatively new addition. They were overhauled in 2011, stripped of all the original planting and relandscaped to increase bio diversity. Its wooden towers, built to replicate the original church towers, house discreet bird boxes and host a variety of climbing plants. Find the entrance at King Edward St.

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