Reform memorial lands permanent home

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 6 November 2018, 3:09 pm

A memorial 'folly' recognising social welfare reformer Octavia Hill's contribution to Southwark has found a permanent home at the Red Cross Garden.

The porcelain planter was designed by architect CoveBurgess and tile manufacturer Pentagon as part of a design exhibition earlier this year, and represents the amount of green space that she dedicated to the people of Southwark to improve their quality of life in the 1895.

Considered too delicate to move across the city, it was at threat of destruction if a permanent home could not be found. However, Bankside Open Space Trust (BOST) allocated a space for it at the Red Cross Garden, where it was installed in September 2018.

BOST chairman, Tim Wood, said: "The folly is a daily reminder to those walking through to Red Cross from Ayers Street that green spaces are for all to enjoy. Whether to sit in on stroll through gardens like Red Cross are the green lungs of our city and its thanks to campaigners like Octavia Hill that we have so many of them to enjoy."