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The Phoenix Garden Camden

Summary

Although a new community garden created in 1984, The Phoenix Garden is on part of the former site of an orchard belonging to St Giles Leper Hospital established in the C12th by Queen Maud. It was later church land belonging to St Giles-in-the-Fields nearby. The site was built over for housing by the early C20th but following bomb damage in WWII it became a car park. It was created as a community garden under the auspices of Covent Garden Open Spaces Association and was laid out in summer 1984. It is run as an ecological garden, with a mix of ornamental and native species to encourage a range of wildlife.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Phoenix Community Garden

Site location:
St Giles Passage off New Compton Street

Postcode:
WC2H 8DE ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1984

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Camden

Site ownership:
LB Camden

Site management:
Friends of the Phoenix

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
7.30am - dusk
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 15 times, most recently in 2018.

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Membership scheme that includes quarterly newsletter and invitations to events (£12 pa in 2009)

Events:
Various

Public transport:
Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Central, Northern), Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly). Bus: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.phoenixgarden.org

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ299811

Size in hectares:
0.1203

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
Yes

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Denmark Street

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Special Character: Central London Area

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space (Small Local). London Squares Preservation Act 1931.

The Phoenix Garden

The Phoenix Garden, March 2010. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

Although a new community garden created in 1984, The Phoenix Garden is on part of the former site of an orchard that belonged to St Giles Leper Hospital established in the C12th by Queen Maud. It was later church land belonging to St Giles-in-the-Fields (q.v.) whose churchyard is nearby. It is located behind the Phoenix Theatre. The site was built over for housing by the early C20th but following bomb damage in World War II it became a car park. It was created as community garden under the auspices of Covent Garden Open Spaces Association who in 1981 had started campaigning for permission to use the site, granted in 1984. Financial assistance from Greater London Council and LB Camden enabled the garden to be laid out in summer 1984. Trees including rowan, willow, walnut, birch and ginkgo were planted as were shrubs and native wild flowers; a rockery and small pond were constructed, and seating and a children's play area provided. It is run as an ecological garden, with a mix of ornamental and native species to encourage a range of wildlife, and areas have been developed as habitats for wildlife. A bench was donated by the actor Michael Palin in 1995. Part of the wall to the garden is listed by English Heritage. The garden has won first prize for Best Environmental Garden in Camden in Bloom since 2004.

Sources consulted:

Michael Waite, Daniel Keech, Meg Game, 'Nature Conservation in Camden', Ecology Handbook 24 (London Ecology Unit), 1993

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