The Old English Garden at Battersea Park

London’s parks always have something new to offer, whether it’s a green area you’ve never seen before, old ground revisited at a different season, or an established city favourite regenerated and given a new lease of life. The Old English Garden ticks all three boxes for me, the last time I went to Battersea Park was in the autumn a few years ago, but I didn’t know this part of the park even existed until I read about its makeover on Liberty London Girl last year.

After enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning I felt like I was in need of some exercise and fresh air, the Old English Garden came to mind and seemed like the perfect option on a mild but not all that sunny afternoon.

I took a long route around the park to get there so I could enjoy the rippling lake and stretch my lazy muscles. I approached the walled garden picturing the discovery of beautiful flower beds stocked with pretty blooms, arranged so that they look suitably wild but carefully curated. It didn’t disappoint.


The garden has a long history that started in the early 1900s, giving it a special place in the Park’s history and the memory of many Londoners. About seven years ago the up keep of the garden was taken over by Thrive, “a national charity working to help people living with a disability or mental ill health transform their lives through gardening.” Their gardening projects offer programmes that really seek to utilise the wide range of benefits of horticultural therapy.

The luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone got involved a couple of years ago to help provide the funding it needed to give the garden a new lease of life. Landscape gardener Sarah Price provided input and inspiration for its design. Thrive put in the hard graft to see the garden come to life and open last year, you’ll still find them there keeping up the maintenance.

One thing you’ll really notice is the beautiful scents which fill the air. If you could smell these roses, you would see what I mean.


It’s definitely worth getting up close and taking a deep breath.


Throughout the garden there are a few hints of Jo Malone’s support with these plaques which describe some of the plants and flowers you can find there.


It’s worth taking time to read, wander, and take it all in.



And watch the busy bees hard at work.


I loved this pagoda, so pretty. It seems like it would be the perfect place for a garden party on a sunny summer’s day.


If you ever find yourself in Battersea Park or in need of a peaceful wander you really should check the Old English Garden out. In the height of summer on a warm sunny day it would be even lovelier.

If you want to know more about the project read this article on The Guardian, or the post on Liberty London Girl. Thrive do some great things so I’d have a look on their website too.

You’ll find the garden just north of the Cricket Pavillion. There are maps in the park and on the website.

Have you been to the Old English Garden? Do you enjoy exploring London’s parks?


  1. June 10, 2013 / 10:20 am

    What glorious photographs! Thank you so much for the mention, and for the links, which are enormously appreciated. LLGxx

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      June 10, 2013 / 10:34 am

      Thank you!! For the kind words and bringing it to my attention! Lovely place and a great charity, both I’d not heard of before. Laura x