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New Humphry Repton bust unveiled to celebrate inclusive shared landscapes in Wembley Park

The Deputy Mayor of Brent, Cllr Orleen Hylton, unveiled a new bust of renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton in a ceremony in Wembley Park.

London’s most exciting new neighbourhood welcomed visitors to the unveiling, which was followed by a walking tour of the area led by Julian Tollast, head of masterplanning and design for Quintain, developer of Wembley Park and former founding trustee of the National Park City Foundation.

The presentation of the bust, which was created by professional sculptor Hannah Northam and donated by Haddonstone, leading manufacturer of fine garden ornaments and architectural stonework, follows Wembley Park’s win at the Gardens Trust’s recent Sharing Landscapes competition. Entrants were assessed on their efforts to encourage greater inclusivity and participation in enjoying historic parks and gardens.

Humphry Repton was the landscaper who laid out the original gardens for Wellers, the home of the Page family, in the late 18th century. His work then became the foundation of the original Wembley Park. Now, the neighbourhood is honouring those roots by drawing inspiration from Repton’s designs in the creation of its contemporary, inclusive greenspaces, from the gardens of individual apartment buildings to the expansive Union Park, which is due for completion in 2025.

The unveiling ceremony on 19th October also served as a chance to reflect on just how central nature has become to the placemaking work undertaken at Wembley Park. In addition to the seven acres of Union Park, three of which are already open for residents, visitors and the local Brent community to enjoy, Wembley Park is bursting with pocket parks, podium gardens, leafy walkways and residential developments that embrace nature. The newest building in the area – Repton Gardens from Quintain Living, which is due to welcome its first residents later this year and again takes its name from Repton’s significant influence – is testament to this. Biophilic design brings nature indoors, while carefully landscaped gardens encompass large, mature trees to support Wembley Park’s biodiversity.

“We are delighted that the Gardens Trust chose to honour Wembley Park as part of its Sharing Landscapes competition and that the bust of Humphry Repton is now a reminder of how his visionary principles have helped shape the design and delivery of such a memorable landscape in Wembley Park. Touring the area with guests from the unveiling ceremony yesterday really highlighted just how verdant the transformation of Wembley Park has been – and will continue to be as further work enhances the neighbourhood over the coming years.”

Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design, Wembley Park – Quintain


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