Author: Energy Garden

Brondesbury Park Station Update

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It's been just under a year since our community consultation at Brondesbury Park station, and thanks to the hard work of local residents, station staff, volunteers and the Green Team, it has become a community garden filled with flowers and vegetables, a solar powered pump, compost bin, and hedge hog hut. You can help out as you pass through by weeding, watering, and putting plant matter into the compost bin to enrich the soil.

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Currently, vegetables such as broad beans, tri-colour pak choy, and lettuce are growing in and will soon be ready for harvest. In the past, hops, broccoli, carrots, aubergines, strawberries and raspberries have been grown and harvested here. These were made into quiches, samosas and more, and the hops were even brewed into beer!

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Spring flowers are also supporting honey bees and bumble bees, which are under threat in London and play a key role in supporting our food production. We're looking forward to more growth and flowers with warmer weather!

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Growth at Caledonian Road & Barnsbury living wall

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The living wall at Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground is filling in with growth! Ferns such as polypodium vulgare trap particles and improve air quality along the platform, while heuchra caramel, lime, and palace purple provide year round color and flowers that attract bees during the spring and summer.

 

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You'll also find Stachys byzantina, known as Lamb's Ear for its shape and soft texture. It's commonly grown for children's gardens and its leaves were historically used as wound dressings.

 

 

 

 

All these plants will keep filling out the wall, so be sure to visit next time you're at the station!

 

Clapton Complete!

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The Energy Garden Green team has completed another Energy Garden at Clapton station! Introducing soil in planters to the station increases the diversity of organisms, which can lead to a higher density of wildlife and improved biodiversity. These little plants will grow into a lush garden so make sure to check on its progress on your commute!

First of the Energy Garden Living Walls up at Penge West

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The first of a range of living walls to be installed by the Energy Garden team accross London. Here at Penge West station you can see the wall has come alive with a plethora of leafy green plants. These plants not only look great, they are particularly good at reducing local air pollution, so they are actively contributing to London's environment. 

Between the sections of the wall you can see the beautiful bug huts which are the perfect homes for bees and pollinating insects. By putting these homes on public infrastructure Penge West is doing it's bit for London's biodiversity. 

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Willesden Junction complete!

An amazing and heartfelt thanks to the Energy Garden team who continue to add beauty to London's Oveground platforms. This latest installation at Willesden Junction may bear the colours of winter now, but in a few short months the hard work will pay off with an array of exciting bits of greenery. 

The team cleared an area of scrub, and replaced it with wooden edging to create an orchard, which includes apples, pears, cherry, damsons and quince. This is placed where two walkways converge so it can be seen by the passengers. We planted a native hedgerow running over 30 metres along a fence and up to the new orchard.  They also placed 3 planters on the platform and planted fan trained apples which were under-planted with assorted produce including salads. A planter was also placed on a plinth outside one of the entrances, also planted with an apple tree and under-planted with lavenders. Beautiful stuff! 

We are greatly looking forward to now bringing in the local groups who were so instructive and helpful during the consultation stages to get involved and take ownership of this infrastructure as it now belongs to them! 

Kew Gardens complete!

After 3 weeks of hard work the Energy Garden green team have puled off an incredible feat, working alongside local groups like the Kew Society to create this incredible display of plants right accross the Kew Garden platform. Now in its infancy these plants will grow to create a vibrant display to brighten commuters mood. 

London Explored – Green Spaces

Well done to these inspiring young students from the City University London. In this excellent video they explore some of the aspect of the energy Garden program and challenge current government investment levels into London's green infrastructure. 

 

Many thanks to Adele Berti, Maia Bondici and Bethany Walker