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Greening canopies, staircases and streets

Bankside set to benefit from further investment in green roofs, green walls and street tree planting
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Southwark Street Planted Hoarding
    With more greening planned Bankside is set to become greener
  • Staircase in Borough Market to be transformed into a lush living planted wall
    Staircase in Borough Market to be transformed into a lush living planted wall

Bankside is set to benefit from a number of urban greening projects which will be implemented during February.  Better Bankside, through its Bankside Urban Forest initiative has secured funding to implement a number of different schemes, each of which will demonstrate the value that incorporating more planting and canopy coverage can bring to an neighbourhood like Bankside.

On Flat Iron Square, planting of the 'Planted Canopy' will bring a demonstration green roof to the area.  A green oak canopy structure has been built around the Island Cafe on Flat Iron Square, and will be planted with a range of plant species which will show how green roofs can contribute positively to the urban environment.  Funded through the Mayor of London's Great Outdoors programme, the roof will support advocacy work with landowners in the area who may be considering installing green roofs on their buildings. 

Green roofs bring multiple benefits - from improving the thermal performance of a building, to reducing water run-off during extreme rainfall events, to adding further amentiy value to developments.  Findings from our recent Green Infrastructure Audit show that in Bankside there is an opportunity to retrofit over 13ha of flat roofs - that's the eqiuvalent of 12 football pitches of additional green space that we could bring to the area if we were able to implement every opportunity.

The vertical surfaces of buildings and structures in the area also have potential to increase green cover in the area.  We're working with our partners in Network Rail and Skanska to green up an access staircase to the new rail viaduct on Stoney Street.  Over 25m2 of vertical planting will transform a wire mesh fence into a living lush garden that will complement its neighbouring flower stall in Borough Market.

Not to leave the streets out of the greening action, we're teaming up with Southwark Council, the Mayor of London and Groundwork London to bring more street trees into the area.  Key streets which will benefit include Hopton Street, Union Street, Ayers Street and Great Guildford Street. 

Jan 30 2013