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by Connor Whelan (subscribe)
I'm a student journalist at Brunel University. Visit my blog at My twitter is: @whelanconnor
Published July 1st 2012
In a town the size of Harlow you may think you would struggle to find a place to sit or walk around and just relax. You would however be wrong and the Gibberd Garden is the ideal place to do just this.

The Garden was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd who also planned Harlow Town itself. Gibberd filled the garden with sculptures, ceramic pots and a large variety of plants making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying being outside and hopefully in the sunshine.

The garden itself is hugely varied and has something suitable for all preferences. In Sir Frederick's own words "The garden has thus become a series of rooms, each with its own character, from small intimate spaces to large enclosed prospects." If you are looking for an activity to do with your family on a sunny day then the garden really can provide something for all. Whether you wish to simply take in the scenery in one of the greenest and most beautiful parts of town, or if you are slightly younger and aim to make use of the children's moated castle, you will be suitably entertained with a visit to the garden.

Any worries that you may be having about the snobbery and overly strict rules and regulations that are often paired with gardens open to the public are unfounded. Whilst you aren't allowed picnics in the garden (unless for a special event), you can bring your dog on your visit and let both them and yourselves enjoy a change in scenery from the usual walking route. The garden was designed with entertainment in mind rather then a high level horticulture and this is reflected with entertaining and humorous touches all around the garden.

Prices are also very reasonable for the garden. Adults are 4.00, Consessions are 3.00 and Children are 1.00.

To conclude, if you are looking to take an afternoon out of a hectic lifestyle and just enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life the the Gibberd Garden is the place for you. You can sit, walk and even have a talk about and in one the quietest and most pleasant parts of Harlow Town.
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Why? The Chance To Get Some Greenery In The Middle Of A Town
When: 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday, from 1st April to 30th September 2012
Phone: 01279 442112
Where: Harlow
Cost: 1-4
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