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20 June 2012: Charlie Chaplin transformed

King of the silent movie era, Charlie Chaplin, would have a lot to shout about after local residents transformed a derelict urban eyesore, overlooked by his former home in Kennington, into a green oasis.

Members of the Cleaver Square, Cleaver Street and Bowden Street residents’ association and the Heart of Kennington residents’ association, backed by Lambeth London Living, planted flowers and shrubs, and installed planters in a wasteland concrete corner in May – and the area now looks blooming marvellous.

The ‘pocket garden’ has been named ‘Charlie’s Patch’ in honour of Charlie Chaplin, by the residents associations, and has been designed and planted to provide all year round interest.

Penny Ritchie Calder, chair of the Cleaver Square, Cleaver Street and Bowden Street residents association and neighbourhood watch said: “We now have lots of residents helping to keep our pocket garden looking lovely, and it’s great to see so many bees buzzing around the flowers”.

Keith Hill, Lambeth London Living chair commented: “Local residents have carried out a brilliant garden makeover job that has made a huge and positive difference to the area”.

‘Charlie Chaplin’ visiting the garden image courtesy of Stephen Waring.