Located in St Giles behind the Phoenix Theatre, within the London Borough of Camden, the Phoenix Garden is nestled between the busy Soho and Covent Garden areas. The Garden is located just off St Giles Passage and Stacey Street, north of Shaftesbury Avenue and east of Charing Cross Road.
The Phoenix Garden is a registered charity (number 287502), and used to be known as the Covent Garden Open Spaces Association (CGOSA).
The Garden has won first prize for Best Environmental Garden in the Camden in Bloom competition six times - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. It also holds regular social events, including the extremely popular annual Agricultural Show and volunteering work-days.
The Garden was set up on a carpark in the 1980s, which had itself been established on a WWII bombsite (the site was bombed in 1940). Prior to this the Garden was the site of many houses, including a pub.
The Phoenix Garden has survived various challenges, including a major industrial fly-tipping incident soon after its foundation. It is the only one of the original seven Covent Garden Community Gardens to survive to this day. It continues to be run by a committee of volunteers comprising local residents and workers.
As of April 2013, the Garden is currently closed for refurbishment and will be opened "early 2013".
- LondonTown.com information
- Phoenix Garden Website
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