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Downing Street Garden


You may have gathered this week that there was an election in the UK. It was even mentioned on Sky News once or twice. While the television cameras are focussed on the famous front door, there is actually a much nicer view behind the building in the Downing Street garden. Mr Miliband is not going to get a chance to see it but you can. Take a look behind the scenes at a garden only usually accessible to the select few. The first mention of the Downing Street garden was in 1736, where it was referred to as adjoining the house of Sir Robert Walpole and, over the years, it has been used to entertain many of the most powerful people in the world. Various Prime Ministers, or their wives, have made additions to what was once a very basic plot and it now contains a rose walk, a wildlife pond and a light-bulb sculpture. The borders are planted with shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants to give interest throughout the year and the high walls provide protection, allowing tender plants to thrive.

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This story was published on: 08/05/2015

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