Althone Gardens opened in the 1980s between Wheatstone House and Munro Mews on the Wornington Green Estate. It was torn down in the first phase of the Portobello Square development. Some of its trees now line the street of Bonchurch Road. The new garden continues to go through changes as the regeneration progresses.
The old park was big. Bit for kids. Bit for dogs. Bit for weirdoes. Not a problem. Bit for everyone. And there was enough space for football playing at the same times as the dogs walking. Sometimes fifteen at a time. There was another special dog area, but no-one wanted to use that 'cos it was mucky, but it was useful if a dog came in who didn't socialise well.”
Excerpt from In Memory of Leaves
2014 by Natasha Langridge