Nippon Club Volunteers at Hammersmith Park

The picturesque Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park was originally built for the Japan-British Exhibition in 1910. A century later in 2010, a renovation sought to give the existing garden a more authentic Japanese feel.

On 9th October 2016, volunteers from the Nippon Club, Japanese Garden Society, and residents from the White City estate joined idverde teams and the Mayor of Hammersmith, Cllr Mercy Umeh, for the sixth annual Hammersmith Park Japanese Garden Clear Up.

The volunteers tackled three key tasks on site including:

  • Removing invasive duck weed from the surface of the main pond, ably assisted by idverde Head Gardener Micky Grimes;
  • Renovation pruning of the perimeter bamboo stands to increase vistas into the garden, run by Japanese Garden Society Chairman Graham Bowyer;
  • Shizenfu pruning (masterclass led by idverde’s Dijirio from Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden).

The Mayor of Hammermith, Mercy Umeh, and Minister Shinichi Iida from The Embassy of Japan also planted a commemorative cherry tree to honour the continued relationship between London and Japan.

Chair of the Friends of Hammersmith Park, John Gordon Smith said: “It was a pleasure to hear passers by comment so positively on the work done and the beauty of the Japanese Garden. The event was also attended by Mercy Umeh, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, and a representative from the Japanese Embassy, thereby strengthening our already close links over the Japanese Garden. Community partnership in action.”

Minister Shinichi Iida, representing The Embassy of Japan said: “I am delighted and proud to be part of this ‘joint cleaning exercise’ of the Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park, and express great appreciation to all volunteers for their valuable work. This exercise demonstrates true volunteerism and dedication to Anglo-Japanese friendship. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with all of you.”

idverde’s Holland Park Kyoto Gardener, Dijiro Mizuno, said: “It was a really great and productive day. I enjoyed teaching the volunteers some Japanese techniques and I hope they learned some new skills they can use in their own gardens.”

idverde would like to thank Secretary General Mr Takahito Goto and General Committee member Setsuo Kato for arranging Bento lunches for volunteers, and to all of the 60 Nippon Club Members who joined us on the day, we thank you for your support at Hammersmith Park.