Red Cross Garden, London Wall Art Print

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Red Cross Garden, London Wall Art Print


Red Cross Garden, London Art Print

Red Cross Garden is located right behind the shard and is a small community garden looked after by the Bankside Open Trust. It has a remarkable history, which is what made me choose this lovely spot for my next illusration. It was originally the site of a paper mill in the late 18th century and almost a hundred years later Octavia Hill, one of the three founders of the National Trust, took it under her wing.

Octavia Hill was passionate about creating quality clean housing for the working poor. This was her flagship project for her ongoing efforts that later became known as the Octavia method. What set her housing approach apart from other similar initiatives was her belief that by keeping regular personal contact with the tenants and encouraging them to better themselves, their prospects and general life experience could be improved.

She was keen to create green spaces in the city and described the garden as an open-air living room. As part of the project, she commissioned Elijah Hoole to design 6 cottages in 1887, which strongly represent the arts and crafts movement with their features and decorative fronts. Octavia had a love for creepers which is why my two chosen flowers are jasmin and wisteria – the two most common Victorian creepers. Although her method was difficult to scale, she has a lasting legacy. The garden was restored to its original Victorian layout about 15 years ago.

You can read more detail at – a wonderfully interesting blog.

The Red Cross Garden Art Print is one of a series of illustrations about lesser known parks in London.

About this giclée print:

  • Available in different sizes - see choices below
  • Giclée printed in the UK
  • All products are printed on archival-quality matt paper
  • Printed to order - I try my best for the print to be shipped within 2 business days
  • Sent in cardboard envelope or postal tubes
  • Unmounted and unframed

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