Seething Lane Garden in the heart of the Square Mile and near iconic London landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London has been reopened.
It was closed at the end of 2012 to facilitate the redevelopment of the Grade II* listed 10 Trinity Square by property development company, Reignwood Group.
The garden is managed as part of the City of London Corporation’s City Gardens network which also includes churchyards, parks, plazas and highway planting across the Square Mile.
New features of the garden include a formal lawn area almost double the size of the previous garden, as well 14 new trees.
A former service road running between the garden and 10 Trinity Square was closed, resulting in a net increase in the area of the garden by 20%.
Rainwater harvested from the roof of the 10 Trinity Square will be used to irrigate the garden.
The garden has a long association with the 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys, who lived and worked in the Navy Office which once stood on the site.
It is marked by a Blue Plaque and a bust of Pepys by late British sculptor Karin Jonzen, which stood in the former garden, has been relocated as a centrepiece of the new garden.
New stonework by sculptor Alan Lamb depicting scenes from Pepys’ life and diaries also features in the garden.