Boris goes green to help gar­den grow

MP joins chil­dren at freshly land­scaped pub­lic space

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BORIS John­son proved he has green fin­gers and got stuck into a spot of gar­den­ing, by open­ing a new pub­lic green space in Uxbridge, along­side year 4 school­child­ren.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP of­fi­cially opened Aviva In­vestors’ Friends Gar­den, on Bel­mont Road, to the pub­lic after the space re­ceived a re­vamp.

The open­ing was marked by a cer­e­mony where Boris and year 4 pupils from Her­mitage Pri­mary School in Bel­mont Road, planted laven­der, rose­mary and he­lichry­sum along the bor­ders of the newly land­scaped gar­den.

As well as meet­ing the Mayor of Lon­don, the chil­dren en­joyed a talk and tour of the gar­den by the land­scape ar­chi­tect of Friends Gar­den, John Hax­worth of Bar­ton Will­more.

Mr John­son said: “I’m de­lighted to have been asked to open Aviva In­vestors’ Friends Gar­den in Bel­mont Road.

“I know the gar­den will prove to be a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to Uxbridge, and a wel­come spot for lo­cal res­i­dents to spend time in con­tem­pla­tion re­lax­ation.”

De­scribed by staff as a “nat­u­ral with the chil­dren”, the MP didn’t mind get­ting stuck in with the plant­ing and help­ing take out stub­born plants that didn’t want to be parted with their pots.

Aviva In­vestors, act­ing on be­half of Aviva Life & Pen­sions (UK) Ltd, gained per­mis­sion from Hilling­don Coun­cil to re­land­scape the gar­den last year.

It is lo­cated be­side Bel­mont, Aviva In­vestors’ 125,000 sq ft, grade A, £30 mil­lion town cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment of­fice scheme which is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber 2016.

It is hoped that the gar­dens will be en­joyed by lo­cal res­i­dents, shop­pers and town cen­tre work­ers alike.

Ju­lian Cobourne of Aviva In­vestors said: “The re-devel­op­ment of the Bel­mont of­fice scheme, be­side Friends Gar­den, gave us the op­por­tu­nity to re­land­scape the space and give it a new lease of life.

“We were de­lighted to wel­come Boris John­son MP, who joined the pupils in do­ing a great job plant­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the gar­den.

“I am cer­tain the chil­dren will be keep­ing a

and keen eye on the growing plants as they travel to and from school.”

The land­scap­ing of this un­der-used space has trans­formed it into a friendly and at­trac­tive gar­den to be en­joyed by the lo­cal com­mu­nity and all vis­i­tors to the Uxbridge area, says Aviva.

The ex­ist­ing ma­ture trees, cre­ate an at­mo­spheric set­ting for a ver­dant bed of shade e lov­ing ferns and, in n ad­di­tion to new benches, paved area and ac­ces­si­ble lawn, make it a com­mu­nity gar­den to re­lax in and to be en­joyed by vis­i­tors of all ages.

Bar­ton Wil­more over­saw the land­scape de­sign of the space.

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