Wimbledon Foundation new multi-sensory garden opens at Polka Theatre
The ‘Wimbledon Foundation Garden’ which comprises a new creative play area for children was funded by
the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and The Championships.
Designed by Patrick Collins, an award-winning landscape architect and garden designer.
The Wimbledon Foundation Garden features sensory planting which will enhance the theatre’s extensive
Access Programme for children with disabilities and learning needs.
Ecological elements of the design include bug hotels, log piles and bird and bat boxes.
The garden was officially opened by AELTC Chairman Ian Hewitt and Peter Glanville, Artistic Director and joint CEO of Polka Theatre.
AELTC Chairman Ian Hewitt said:
“The Championships is renowned for its ‘Tennis in an English country garden’ setting and so it seemed fitting that our contribution to Polka’s redevelopment project went towards creating a beautiful green space for our local community to enjoy.
Polka Theatre provides an invaluable resource for children and we hope that many will enjoy the benefits
of creative outdoor play in this wonderful new garden. Thanks to the support of the Wimbledon Foundation,
we have transformed a previously neglected garden into a safe and fully accessible green space that everyone is
welcome to enjoy for free. This amazing new play space will greatly enhance Polka’s educational programmes with
Creative Learning workshops, storytelling and messy play trails to connect children with the outdoors in a creative way.”