Beech Gardens, the Barbican Estate
Beech Gardens features extensive areas of mixed perennials, grasses and bulbs, all adapted to tolerate the unique conditions. The plant mixes have been chosen to provide bright colour from spring through to autumn, with interesting winter seed heads and textures. Multi-stemmed small trees and shrubs extend the interest throughout the year.
Nearest tube: Barbican
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From a bustling population of 14,000 in the mid-19th century, by the end of the war, just 48 people lived in the parish of Cripplegate. In order to reverse this dramatic depopulation the City of London Corporation decided to build new housing to encourage people to move back.