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A six-year-old hornbeam stands proudly beside a six-year-old school child from
The Hampshire School, Chelsea. The hornbeam is brimming with petals especially handwritten by schoolchildren to commemorate inmates of the Chelsea Workhouse which was situated on this site over three hundred years ago. In 1700s the destitute and sickly would be taken in by the Chelsea Workhouse and would have walked in the gardens at Dovehouse Green. 

Three hundred years later Dovehouse Green is open for all to use at their leisure and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of King's Road, Chelsea. 

Below the hornbeam canopy is space for 100 flowers to be planted to remember others both living and passed away. Take a moment to think of someone dear to you - plant a flower and write a dedication to them on the markers provided. 

Dovehouse Green is a burial ground and is owned by St Luke's Church and managed by the team at RBKC Parks and Leisure.

Our tribute to the past recognises the intricately way time is woven into space and how we walk through history every day.  

For more information on the Chelsea Workhouse visit the website on Workhouses.

Earlier Event: May 20
Chelsea Fringe
Later Event: May 20