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Statement of Significance
Heritage is not only what we conserve from the past; it is also what we create for the future.

The gardens of Friars Lawn have been much altered over the two hundred years of their existence. Although it is probably true to say that no individual plant pre-dates the late 1930’s this does not imply that conservation and renewal are not issues to consider - sixty years represents a considerable proportion of the life span of most trees. The long-term future of both the ash and the cherry tree are in doubt, the former because it is diseased, the latter because it not a long-lived species and is already well into its mature phase. With this in mind, it is important to safeguard the futures of the newly planted trees, in particular the Aesculus flava and the Styrax as both have the potential to become fine specimens.

The range and richness of the plant collection is also a feature worthy of conservation. In this context, ‘conservation’ equals planned replacement and rejuvenation. No plant is immortal. The useful life span of most shrubs is less than thirty years (although regular hard pruning can increase this dramatically); the Lychnis coronaria which is such a feature in the Rose Border has a life of merely two years. Careful management is essential to ensure that over mature plants are renewed and young plants, including seedlings, are preserved.

The position of the garden in the local landscape is also important. Norwood Green has strongly defined, historically entrenched, Genius Loci. It epitomises Bacon’s ‘rus in urbe’ – the countryside in the city.

This idyll is increasingly under threat. The traffic in this area, both on the roads and in the air, has vastly increased over the past ten years and, with the opening of Terminal 5, is set to increase further. The open land to the east, between Norwood Green and Osterley Park is subject to pressures for re-development. If such changes are beyond our immediate control, their mitigation is surely in our hands. Gardens are of vital importance in modern urban landscape, for both people and for wildlife. The careful management needed for the continuation of this ‘perfect woodland glade’ is an essential part in the future of this special part of west London.
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