Going green in the gardens and parks of London

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London, or the lifestyle of meteoric way forward, also offers calm and tranquility of places: its famous gardens! Besides the great unavoidable, here are some green spaces where people will want to take a break during a long day in London ...

Camley Street Natural Park

12 Camley Street, London NW1 0PW
open from 10:00 to 17:00, all week

An oasis of greenery and educational center, Camley Street Natural Park is located in the heart of London, close to St Pancras station, beside the Regent Canal. It was created in the place of a former coal warehouse in 1984 by the London Wildlife Trust. natural habitat for dozens of species of birds, butterflies, amphibians, and plants, the reserve welcomes visitors every day of the week. Voluntary Trust ensures the permanence of the information center.

The Mudchute City Farm

Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP
Open from 9:00 to 17:00, all week

Mudchute City Farm covers 12 hectares in the middle of the Isle of Dogs in the Docklands. Originally, this wave wasteland, natural paradise is home to many species, was bought in 1974 by the Greater London Council for the realization of a building project. Following the mobilization of the local population against this project, the Mudchute Association was created in 1977 to preserve and develop the site. Of farm animals including horses are introduced, the area is reforested through voluntary. Since the urban farm Mudchute is considered a nature haven for educational purposes in the city.

Chelsea Physic Garden

66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS
www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk < br /> Prices: adult - 8 & pound; / Kids 5 & pound;
Open April 1 to October 30, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00

The second-oldest botanic garden of England, the Chelsea Physic Garden is located in the residential area of ​​Chelsea. Since its founding by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673, this garden is particularly dedicated to medicinal plants. With an area of ​​almost two hectares in the heart of the city, it consists of the oldest rock garden in Europe, a garden of herbs and medicinal plants, greenhouses rare and fragile species. There is also the largest olive tree in Britain grown outside. A historical journey and a medicinal walk - the visitor is invited to follow with a guide - are also available. The Garden of World Medicine illustrates the use made of medicinal plants in tribal societies.

Thames Barrier Park

Thames Barrier Park, North Woolwich Road, London E16
www.thamesbarrierpark.org.uk < br />
Free access Open daily from 7:00. Closed from 20.00 in April, 20.45 in May, in June 9:15 p.m., 9:00 p.m. in July, 20.30 in August, 7:15 p.m. in September.

Thames Barrier Park is the first large park created in London in the Thames for 50 years. It was inaugurated in November 2001 by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London at the time. This area of ​​22 hectares adjacent to the Thames Barrier in Newham, on the north bank of the river. Designed by Alain Provost, the French architect, he has an amazing fountain that flows into the Dock Green, a landscaped garden submerged 400 meters long.

Chiswick House Kitchen Garden

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4 2RP

Having fallen into oblivion after the acquisition of Chiswick House in 1929, Chiswick Kitchen Gardens raised in 2005 by a team of passionate volunteers and determined to get to the garden to its former beauty. And with success! There are now vegetables, herbs and fruit, flower beds and a lawn originally designed by Batty Langley in 1728. The atmosphere is friendly and children welcome. The garden is open to the public during gardening sessions Open Work Sessions, held the first Sunday of the month in the afternoon, then more frequently in summer, or during open houses Open Days, organized three or four times year.

Kew Gardens

Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Price: adult - 13 & pound; / Children free
Open daily from 9:30 am to 18h on weekdays and from 9:30 am to 19h on weekends

Few tourist attractions have a great variety and such a spectacle. The Royal Botanic Gardens, 122 hectares of which beautifully cultivated 2 hectares under greenhouses offer the largest collection of plant species in the world. The vast greenhouses, internationally known, offer a fascinating sight even in winter. The Palm House, a testimony to the Victorian architectural ingenuity, houses out of 2248 m & sup2; a profusion of tropical plants from around the world including banana, coffee, breadfruit and papaya. Gardens winter Princess of Wales house botanic collections from ten different climates ranging from virgin hot and humid forest in barren desert. The door of the Japan-Chokushi My, is nestled in a beautiful natural setting and the Evolution House invites to a journey through the ages tracing the evolution of plant life over four hundred million years.