Covent Gar­den build­ing to be­come ver­ti­cal park

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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

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