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Mitcham and London The Green Garden City
Every day Londoners, even with their limited gardens try to make the best use of their own little space, creating gardens to suit their needs and constructing sheds, summer houses or building a little workshop so the garden can be used as much as the house. In this area they are no different to their country cousins – they just make the best of what they have got. Quite often there will only be a little space alongside the house and a fence and this when a Shoreham thin narrow garden shed will be very useful. Utilising this wasted and generally unused area this new shed can take all manners of garden bits and pieces.
When the weather is right the barbecue will come out of the garden shed along with the garden furniture and convivial activities take place with friends and neighbours. Among discussions about the price of property, nowadays consoling each other with the fall in property prices, through to talking about the gardens and all aspects of it.
The design of Mitcham and London gardens is key to making London special and Philip Nixon, the garden designer, recently created a contemporary city garden in Kensington and Chelsea on an area which was a former electricity sub station. This garden design included a stream enclosed with black granite, had special walls so the garden could be bathed in light at night and a fireplace which created a feel of outdoor living and being of back to nature.
Mr Nixon, who had previously worked in the city, began his career volunteering at Chelsea Physic Garden. He followed that up by studying garden design at the renowned London’s Inchbald School of Design. As his career progressed he has won several prestigious gold medals at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, a marvellous accolade.
His garden featured large spaces for plants as well as three pools which were linked by a stream along with a large range of brightly coloured plants. Water is always a feature which most gardeners would like in their garden as this gives a tranquil feeling even in a busy city. Beside these features he included a garden summer house built out of hardwood to create a living space for relaxing in the garden. This is something a garden shed could not do, even through the shed has loads of virtues.
Nixon went on to say that he hoped that his garden design will draw even more people outside as many people are not attracted outside but show it off from inside their home, which is a shame. Philip Nixon’s garden designs studio have been involved in many locations across the South East and London and these projects included hotels, public spaces and gardens for shows across the area.
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The grounds of Bletchley Park was home to many of the sheds and huts which housed many workers however very few knew what their work was for. The huts, which were built quickly, could be cold and draughty but that did not matter – what did matter was the end results. Gathered together were the country’s most brainy mathematicians including many masters of chess as the logic required in chess was a required thought process. To start with all they had to work with was basic calculators (nothing like what we have today) slide rules, pens and paper.
Anyone who knows a little about the work done in these sheds, in particular, hut 1, 3 and 6, can not be amazed by what they achieved. Alan Turing was one of these special people and he was a true genius and using his knowledge of code breaking helped to turn the tide against the Germans, although it must be said than the German Enigma machine was a truly outstanding invention. It’s such a shame that it was used to help devastate Europe during the war.
By the end of the war machines had been developed in these buildings, such as Colossus (widely claimed to be the 1st modern computer) which helped to break thousands of these German codes every day, saving countless lives. The work breaking the Enigma cipher and other codes enabled our forces to be aware of the location of enemy submarines, it helped in the planning of D-day and without this work and results the war would have lasted a lot longer. Hard to believe that in these, effectively, garden sheds the worlds 1st computer was built. When you see where computers are now we should be eternally grateful.
The Heritage Lottery Fund have made a donation of £4.6m to enable these sheds to be restored to their original state. This will involve removing all rotten wood in the buildings and rebuilding the sheds. The money will also be spent building a state of the art visitors centre which will recreate the conditions of the 1940’s where these wonderful people worked. All modern effects, such as modern street lighting, will be removed and they will even be recreating the smells and sounds from the time. This will be a truly inspirational tourist attraction and should humble every body who goes there. Even at the moment Bletchley Park is a popular museum, following films such as ‘Enigma’ with Kate Winslet, but a great many buildings at the site needs attention.
Stephen Fry, the renowned British Actor, author and 1st Class Twitterer praised this news and the help this will do to help people understand the vital role Bletchley Park played during the war. He went on to say that this investment will enable the Trust to do justice to this amazing place and to pay tribute to the sheds, huts and workers who were there during the war.
The Bletchley Park Trust, which was set up to ensure the park’s achievements were recognised, welcomes over 130,000 people a year at the moment. The funding when received will enable the Trust to update the archives for the computer age, a truly appropriate use of this money. HP, the computer company will provide the technology for volunteers to scan and digitise millions of valuable documents for posterity. It’s planned that these documents in time will be published on the Internet for the public and researchers from Mitcham and all over to inspect.
To me one of the saddest things is that at the end of the war, the brilliant Colossus machines were dismantled and destroyed as well as all the plans. The operations in Bletchley Parks huts were always highly classified and remained so until the 1970’s which seems incredible. The present day sheds which can be seen in Mitcham are available to everyone has an ancestry tracing back to this vital time in Britain’s history.
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