RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden coming to Latimer Road Tube station
- The new container garden to be ready by 30 May
TfL, Energy Garden, Kensington & Chelsea Council, and the local community are bringing a new green space to Latimer Road Tube station in a collaboration to brighten up the area for customers and the local community through greening and planting.
A garden from the Chelsea Flower show will be rebuilt exclusively by the station entrance, giving the display materials and plants a second life at the station.
The container garden, which will be ready by 30 May, will be developed by landscape designers Amelia Bouquet and Emilie Bausager, who are featured at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The display is a celebration of sustainable gardening and the important role it plays in people's lives.
The garden will be maintained by Energy Garden and local residents.
Seb Dance, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: "Green spaces and sustainable gardening play a huge role in offsetting the impacts of the climate crisis, and they can also brighten up everyone's day.
"This garden is being funded by the Mayor and represents just one of the ways he is helping to build a better, greener London for everyone."
Mark Evers, TfL's Chief Customer Officer, said: "We have a long history of greening spaces at our stations and they are a fantastic way to bring local communities together.
"This garden is a great example of how we're reinventing spaces on our network through greening and planting, to make stations a more pleasant and welcoming environment for everyone. It's the small touches that make a big difference to customers' journeys and can have such a positive impact on their daily lives."
Agamemnon Otero, Energy Garden's CEO, said: "Over the last 11 years, Energy Garden has developed over 20 community gardens across the London transport network. We are delighted that this project is being recognised by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, highlighting the fantastic opportunities these gardens create for passengers to experience green, sustainable, biodiverse spaces on their journeys."
Amelia Bouquet and Emilie Bausager, Chelsea Flower Show Designers, said: "We are thrilled to be collaborating on this garden design for Chelsea Flower Show. Working with sustainable design and local communities is something we are both passionate about so we are extremely happy to be teaming up with Energy Garden and TfL to rebuild the garden at a permanent site for people to enjoy."
This project is funded by the Mayor of London's Future Neighbourhoods 2030 programme and will be maintained as part of the Energy Garden network. TfL and Energy Garden have teamed up to access some trackside spaces so that local community groups can create beautiful green spaces on London's railways.
Notes to editors
- There are a variety of green spaces across the TfL network. Every year, staff are encouraged to create gardens at locations across the entire network as part of TfL's annual In Bloom competition. TfL also works with a number of local and community organisations that maintain gardens on our stations.
- TfL customers can now get 30 per cent off standard adult and concession tickets during peak season at Kew Gardens. Visitors can save up to £7.20 on the standard adult ticket price or enjoy additional savings of £6.45 on concession tickets, giving more value for money when using public transport to travel. More information can be found at https://londonblog.tfl.gov.uk/2022/07/27/in-the-city/?cid=deals
For more information, visit:
o RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden: https://www.theplatformgarden.com/
o Energy Garden: https://www.energygarden.org.uk
o Amelia Bouquet: https://www.ameliabouquetgardendesign.com/
o Emilie Bausager: https://emiliebausager.com/landscape_design/
About Energy Garden:
Energy Garden is a Community Benefit Society that invests in renewable energy infrastructure to support community development. Its mission is to empower communities and young people to take climate action into their own hands by owning renewable energy and greening London's transport infrastructure.
The initiative was founded by Agamemnon Otero MBE, installing its first garden at Brondesbury Park station in 2012. It now has 20 gardens across London's railways and has worked with around 50 community groups in 2023 alone to implement resiliency in their local areas.