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Bankside Urban Forest – the future is green and it keeps on growing!

2013 has been a bumper year for greening Bankside. With our partners, we have increased green cover in the area through a variety of ground breaking projects including green roofs and walls.
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Planted canopy on Flat Iron Square provides a forest floor habitat in Bankside Urban Forest
    Planted canopy on Flat Iron Square provides a forest floor habitat in Bankside Urban Forest
  • Bankside's most recent green space - the Market Hall in Borough Market
    Bankside's most recent green space - the Market Hall in Borough Market
  • A school groups walks past the new Verdant Viaduct on Stoney Street
    A school groups walks past the new Verdant Viaduct on Stoney Street
  • Our apprentice gardener will also look after the smaller green spaces!
    Our apprentice gardener will also look after the smaller green spaces!

In 2012 we undertook an audit of green infrastructure in the Bankside Urban Forest area.  This told us that there were many opportunities to incorporate more green space into the neighbourhood.  In 2013 we made great inroads in delivering some of its recommendations.

Flat Iron Square has benefitted from a new canopy structure, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann. The planted canopy, not only provides shelter from the rain, but houses a 100m2 green roof, complete with a mix of forest floor plants and ferns, and over 1000 bluebells!

Meanwhile the area around Borough Market continues to bloom, with projects like the Verdant Viaduct on Stoney Street providing Bankside’s first modular green wall – brightening up a dreary access stair to the new Thameslink rail viaduct.  Our partners at Borough Market, who have also been busy greening their estate, have opened up one of the most exciting green spaces in Bankside – the new Market Hall - a food growing space, a garden, a classroom and a place of exchange at this busy end of Borough High Street.

In September we were delighted to welcome Veronica, our first Bankside Apprentice Gardener, who will be working with us here at Better Bankside, and with Borough Market for the next 18 months as she works towards a horticultural qualification with Capel Manor College.

In 2014 we will continue to work in partnership through Bankside Urban Forest with local and strategic agencies to improve the amount and quality of green infrastructure along the network of streets and green spaces we have across the neighbourhood. 

Dec 16 2013