The regeneration of train station gardens

In my last blog I wrote about the amazing High Line in New York.

Since then I’ve read about another train station which has been transformed by the addition of some greenery! So, at the risk of sounding like a train spotter, I’m writing about another train station!

This time it’s the turn of the Crossrail Place station in Canary Wharf and its newly opened tropical roof gardens.

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The garden has been designed as part of the new rail network that is scheduled to open in 2018 but thankfully we don’t have to wait that long to see it as it is already open to public!

The roof garden sits under 310-meter-long transparent hood that allows natural light and irrigation in.  A landscaped walkway runs through the centre of the garden with smaller paths branching off to more secluded areas for people to escape to.

The planting of the garden has been inspired by the area’s maritime heritage with species selected that are indigenous to the countries visited by the 19th Century trading ships that originally used the docks.

Rare plants are key to the design of the garden, as the designers Gillespies note that the roof garden is “designed to mimic a ship laden with unusual and exotic specimens form the globe”.  Thanks to a semi-permeable canopy structure in the garden a localised microclimate is created which has allowed for rarer species to be planted under protection for winds.

All bases were considered with specialist planting consultancy, Growth Industry, taken on board to investigate and develop planting concepts and characters, then select the species whilst considering sustainability and climatic factors.

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I’m yet to see the new roof garden but the photos that I’ve seen look fantastic. I’ll be sure to stop by on my next trip to London!


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