Covent Garden building to become vertical park
Abuilding forming a gateway to London’s Covent Garden is to be covered with thousands of plants. The eco-initiative is part of a greening project that will see the popular social and tourist venue decorated with a wide range of ornamental plants – a nod to its illustrious flower market heritage.
The façade of the building will be covered with more than 8,000 plants and 21 different species and varieties, in a range of seasonal tones of red, pink and mauve, as well as green. The planting will be watered with a drip irrigation system using an average of 80 per cent rainwater, dependant on the weather and season.
Staff from living wall specialists Biotecture, who will abseil down the walls to position the leafy covering, chose the plants for their wildlife value and environmental benefits, as well as for their benefits to improve air quality and durability to grow in such a situation.
Elements of the award-winning Chelsea show garden ‘500 years of Covent Garden’, including a number of 60 year-old apple trees, were installed around the main Piazza over the summer. ● Visit www.coventgarden.london.
A green revolution in Covent Garden