Abundance Lead Tree Pits Planting Project On High Road

Devonshire Road and area near William Hogarth statue get spruced up

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Stefano Marinaz team , with Steve Nutt of Abundance on right


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Abundance London, in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow, Hounslow Highways and Stefano Marinaz Landscape Architecture, today carried out planting improvements around the William Hogarth statue and the tree pits in Devonshire Road. Specially-commissioned stylish steel edging, with bulbs and plants providing year-round interest were installed on Friday (22nd November). The new planting will lift the entrance to Devonshire Road and prevent some of the ongoing littering, as well as greening the area. The edging and plants were funded by the government's High Road grant via the council. There is considerable evidence that green spaces improve civic pride, mental health and of course biodiversity.

Local surveyor Steve Nutt, fresh from his triumph with the benches on the Turnham Green Terrace piazza, has overseen the hard landscaping. Stefano Marinaz Landscape Architecture provided expertise for the planting scheme and their in-house maintenance team planted out the beds. The studio works alongside international architects and designers on projects ranging from small private gardens to larger landscapes, and historical restorations to installations for garden festivals. All worked pro bono on this project. A team from PGSD, contractors for Hounslow Highways also worked hard installing the steel rims.

Stefano Marinaz approached Abundance after noticing the perennial planting by the piazza on Turnham Green Terrrace. Stefano commented: "Since we recently opened our new studio in Chiswick, it’s great to work with Abundance on this planting. Even though at the moment my company works with private clients, for several years I also worked in the public sector. I’m delighted our team could help out.”

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The traders on Devonshire Road will water the plants in dry periods, while Barclays Bank will look after those around the Hogarth statue. The existing tree planting further from the High Road will continue to be planted up and looked after by the pet shop. Cecilie Brinckmann, whose shop overlooks one of the hitherto neglected tree pits, said: "We at Wild Swans were thrilled when we heard of the idea to plant beautiful tree pits on Devonshire Road and they have long been anticipated! A great way of decorating our beloved road - thank you for the gift!"

stefano and nicolo
Stefano and Nicolo

Karen Liebreich of Abundance said, "We were really pleased that Stefano offered his design help and his team to work with us and Hounslow Highways to facilitate the project. The local traders need all the support they can get, so we hope these improvements will help the shopping experience. The Hogarth statue is a focal point on our High Road, and we hope the planting will enhance that area."

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November 23, 2019

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