Gunnersbury Park

Popes Lane, Ealing, London W3 8LQ

Gunnersbury Park The Japanese Garden at Gunnersbury is a prime example of what happens when the carefully sculpted features of a formal garden aren't given constant attention. Laid out in 1901, it was acclaimed at the time as 'one of the most magnificent gardens of Japanese design and composition to be found in the Kingdom'. With its use of waterways, small bridges, lanterns, and other striking architectural elements, it explored some of the popular ideas about what a Japanese garden should represent. In other words, it was a western interpretation. Apparently, a Japanese visitor in the early twentieth century remarked: 'How beautiful. We have nothing like this in Japan.'

Restoration began in the summer of 2001, as part of the Japan 2001 festival, but the work came to a halt sometime later. Its future is now uncertain. What remains of the Japanese garden can be found in the north-east corner of the park just behind Gunnersbury Park Museum.

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