Saturday 21st May 2011 marked the return of Tavistock Square Gardens, one of London's finest squares and most tranquil landscapes to its former glory, following a major refurbishment programme.
Organised by the Friends of Tavistock Square with over 70 guests including representatives from the Bedford Estate, British Museum, British Library, the High Commission of India, the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, the Wellcome Trust, the emergency services, the relatives of two of the victims of the Tavistock Square bomb and local businesses and charities, Philip Nelson, Chair delivered the keynote speech whilst the opening ceremony was performed by Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford.
Under the restoration work, carried out with the support of the Friends of Tavistock Square, the gates and railings have been repaired and re-painted, along with improvements to the drainage, the re-surfacing of all the paths, the introduction of new perimeter planting consisting of a hornbeam hedge, shrubs and herbaceous plants, the re-turfing of all four lawns, the introduction of a new hardstanding area with cobbled stones where an old unused hut was previously situated and the cleaning of the squares numerous memorials.
Four new flower beds reinforce the themes of some of our square's key memorials, with a Gandhi bed, Japanese bed, Virginia Woolf bed and Louisa Aldrich-Blake bed, in memory of one of the first women surgeons.
We're working to improve Tavistock Square Gardens
Her Grace took this opportunity to back calls for a memorial plaque at the square to remember victims of the July 7th terror attacks, stating 'I would like to be very involved in making the memorial happen. After all, my husband's family have owned this land longer than anyone else and if we lead the movement to have one here I'm sure we can make it happen.'