Copperfield Street Community Garden
“There is very little community breathing space in central London. Small oasis such as All Hallows Community Garden should be cherished, and preserved, allowing local communities to relax and interact.”
Tommy Walsh, BBC’s Groundforce, and supporter of the Save All Hallows Campaign
The award-winning Copperfield Street Community Garden has been cared for by local people for nearly 40 years. It was created from the rubble of a large Victorian church bombed during WW2. The garden lies along the aisle of the old church. It is still looked after and cared for entirely by volunteers for the enjoyment of all. Young, old, rich, poor, locals or visitors: everyone is welcome.
Over the years, it has grown from an open and rather plain space to a well-established garden: the secluded oasis of peace and tranquility that is there now.
The garden has been created on the footprint left by the original All Hallows Church. It is full of memories for the local community. Many of the benches, trees and plants have been put there in memory of loved locals, some of whose ashes are scattered there, along with those of a few loved pets. And an ambitious local grew the garden’s fig tree from a fig.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the buses, trains, traffic and crowds, it is a small but significant patch of green in an otherwise busy area. The garden is part of the Union Street Conservation Area.
All Hallows Church and Community Garden are unique in that they stand on one of the last remaining undeveloped WW2 bombsites in central London.