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Garden opened by the Queen in Ilford will be enjoyed for ‘hundreds of years’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 April 2013

Park manager Simon Litt in the dry garden with gardeners Michael Mitchell and Seamus Harding

Park manager Simon Litt in the dry garden with gardeners Michael Mitchell and Seamus Harding

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Something to be enjoyed for hundreds of years to come, is how a gardener described a garden on its one year anniversary.

The “dry” garden in Valentines Park was opened by the Queen a year ago in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

The garden has a collection of unusual plants which can take extremities in weather and do not need a lot of water.

Simon Litt, manager of the park in Cranbrook Road, Ilford, said it is developing well and there is always something of interest to look at regardless of the season.

He added: “There’s the walled garden built in 1760 and a rose garden built in 1870 and this garden will be here for future generations.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s the first for Redbridge but hopefully not the last.”

The event was organised by Vision Redbridge, who look after leisure services on behalf of Redbridge Council.

Simon Litt will be giving tours of the garden today (Thurs) from 11am-12.30pm. There is no need to book and the price is £4.50 per person.


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