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Makeover for public garden built to remember those killed in the Blitz

Essential work will be carried out at Gwendwr Gardens, including new plants and flowers and repairs to paving

Work will see trees and bushes at Gwendwr Gardens cut back to open up the park's views(Image: Quadron Services)

A public garden built to remember residents from West Kensington who died in the bombings of the Second World War is being refurbished.

Overgrown foliage at Gwendwr Gardens will be cut back and uneven paving levelled as part of the revamp to the park, which is nearly 70 years old.

It was opened in 1949 after being gifted to what was then Fulham Council by the Gunter Estate as a memorial to those living in the area that lost their lives in the Blitz.

Gwendwr Gardens remembers the lives of West Kensington residents lost to bombings during the Second World War(Image: LBHF)

Hammersmith and Fulham Council say the much-needed makeover will mean the small triangular park, which is just under an acre and enclosed by Gwendwr Road, Trevanion Road and Gunterstone Road , can be enjoyed for years to come.

Its head of environment Cllr Wesley Harcourt said: “Gwendwr Gardens is a lovely piece of West Kensington and an important memorial to residents who died in the Blitz, so we are pleased it is getting this investment.

“The works, which include repairing paving along and planting areas of native woodland flowers, should give this charming and much-loved green space a new lease of life just in time for spring.”

The park has remained largely in the same form as when first created four years after the war finished, with many of the original features remaining. Work will also see the sunken garden at the centre filled with colourful plants, and native flowers will be planted in shady areas to help boost biodiversity.

The park, named after the Gunter family’s home in Wales, will remain closed during the works, which are expected to be complete in April.

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