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5 Best Gardens in Wandsworth and Wimbledon

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If you’re a dedicated reader of our blog, then you will know that we regularly let our readers know about the favourite gardens in our surrounding area.

We’ve taken a look at the best gardens in London, Twickenham, and now we’re turning our focus onto another of our locations, Wandsworth and Wimbledon.

There are some beautiful spots to enjoy some nature in this location, and here are five of our favourites.

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1. Wimbledon Common

One of the most popular green spaces in this area is Wimbledon Common.

This is a huge patch of land that is ideal for relaxing, playing sports, and catching a glimpse of some wonderful nature.

This area is part of a larger plot of land, called Wimbledon and Putney Commons, and this consists of the historic Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common.

There is a lot to take in at Wimbledon Common. Whether you like a round of golf (there are two courses to choose from), doing a bit of bird and wildlife spotting (keep an eye out for the Wombles) or whether you simply want a stroll in the sunshine.

There is over 1000 acres of lovely green land to choose from in all of these areas, and they are open 24 hours a day every day of the year.

If you’re a lover of woodland, lakes, or large open areas, then you can’t go wrong as you lose yourself travelling across this famous London landmark.

Not only visually stunning, but this area also has some history to intrigue you as you wander round, with many royals supposedly paying a visit over time, such as Charles II, George III, and even famous figures such as Samuel Pepys.

The Common is also recognised as a site of special scientific interest, and a special area of conservation, making it a haven for wildlife-lovers to catch a glimpse of some rare animals.

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2. King George’s Park

Next up we head to somewhere a little smaller, but certainly no less grand.

King George’s Park is based in Wandsworth, and was opened by King George V himself exactly 100 years ago.

This is a lovely spot to really take in some amazing scenery, with lots to admire for horticulturalists who want to see some amazingly laid out flower beds.

Follow the Wandle Trail to head straight through the heart of the park and since June 2022, you will be able to spot some amazing sculptures put in place by Andrew Sabin.

The real feature of this area is the lovely river Wandle which forms part of the Eastern boundary of the park.

There is also a delightful lake, bordered by some lovely overhanging trees and featuring a stunning fountain.

Despite being just over 50 acres in size, there’s a lot to take in in this park, so whether you would like a relaxing picnic, or you are out for a brisk and scenic walk, you’re sure to find something to enjoy here.

3. Wandsworth Common

Next up is another common, and this one is the smaller neighbour of Wimbledon Common and is based in Wandsworth.

Wandsworth Common sits at around 170 acres, so is much smaller than Wimbledon, but it still has a lot to desire.

A quirky feature of this common is the railway line that runs through the heart of it. You can access either side by a walkover that allows you to get over the track safely.

Again, one of the main features of this garden is the large lake that sits in it. There are clear paths that circle this patch of water, making it a lovely spot for checking out the ducks and other wildlife that live on it.

Ideal for sports lovers as well, there is a cricket field and a rugby field where you can watch or partake in a spot of sport if that’s your thing.

If you like things a bit more peaceful, then strolling along the railway line is a great way to pass by some of the main attractions and amenities, such as the nature centre and the delicious café.

Since 2018, a group called the friends of Wandsworth Common have been doing a great job conserving and enhancing the park, and making sure it is used safely and respectfully by all visitors.

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4. Cannizaro Park

A really stunning spot to visit in the Wimbledon area (it actually forms part of Wimbledon Common) is Cannizaro Park.

This amazing area is a Grade II listed park, and was granted such high status due to the marvellous array of rare plants that are spread throughout. In fact, this garden is known to have one of the UK’s best collections of certain flowers such as rhododendrons and azaleas.

If you’re a lover of flowers, then this is the ideal space for you.

Not only flowers, but there is also a stunning collection of trees that you can spot on a stroll through the park, including Norway Maple, Laburnum and even a Handkerchief Tree.

This is a great place to be if you want to spot some rare wildlife as well, with a huge collection of moths and butterflies regularly seen throughout.

It’s also a great spot for bird enthusiasts, who can spot woodpeckers, hawks, kestrel, redwings, and much more, which used to be housed in an aviary, but have since been moved.

There really is so much to see in this area, you may need a full day to cover everything, so why not pack up a picnic, and enjoy a leisurely stroll past the herbal garden, statues, fountains, rose gardens and other features that make up this park.

This garden has been visited by such figures as Oscar Wilde and Lord Tennyson, and after a short stroll through, it is clear to see why.  

5. Wimbledon Park

There’s one thing that Wimbledon is famous for, and that is tennis.

Millions of visitors every year head to this region to catch the world’s best players competing on the famous grass courts, and we even wrote a blog on how to use this event as inspiration for your Wimbledon garden.

If you are heading over this summer, why not head to the neighbouring Wimbledon Park?

This is an area that holds a stunning firework display every Bonfire night, but also offers year round activities on the large lake that sits in the centre of it.

Everything from paddle boarding to kayaking can be done here. And if you prefer to stay on dry land, then there’s plenty to keep you busy here as well, with delightful walks that head straight through the park, around the lake, and beyond.

If the ducks and swans on the lake don’t keep you occupied, then the scenery will, with plenty of plants and flowers spread throughout the park.

While there may not be as many features as some of the other parks in this list, this is still a great place to enjoy a break from the crowd at the tennis, or simply enjoy some relaxation time under the sun.

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Our family garden project in Wimbledon

We are a team of gardeners that are based in Wimbledon, and we love our surrounding area.

Through working on many projects here, including this family garden in Wimbledon, this modern garden transformation in Wimbledon Common, and this renovation in Wandsworth, we have got to know the people and areas that make up this delightful place.

If you live in Wimbledon or Wandsworth, and would like us to work on your next garden project, then get in touch with our team today for a quick chat and a free, no-obligation quote.

We can’t wait to hear from you.