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MHA reclaims Croydon wilderness for care home residents and local community

Sam Monaghan

A seven-acre historic garden behind MHA Hall Grange care home is being restored for the benefit for residents and the local community.

Work on clearing out dead trees and undergrowth at The Wilderness is due to start within weeks thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation, plus additional funding from MHA.

Head Gardener Alice Henry said: “Restoration of The Wilderness will bring back a unique historic and horticulturally important site in south London, not just for Hall Grange but for the wider community. Residents will benefit from being able to use the garden as an extension to their existing grounds while at the same time enjoying a wide range of gardening activities alongside volunteers.”

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Restoration of the garden not only includes bringing the garden back to life but also making sure it is accessible by care home residents and their families as well as the local community as it will eventually be open to them at weekends to visit once work is completed.

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