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Greening Projects

 

 
 
You may have seen our hanging baskets, trees and plant tubs throughout the area, brightening up our streets and making for a more pleasant environment for locals and visitors alike. However, in recent years we've undertaken some significant urban greening projects - some of which have involved world-renowned designers.
 
For the maintenance of many of our green spaces we use Putting Down Roots (PDR) as our contractor. PDR is an initiative of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway and the scheme provides valuable horticultural training for their clients; thus helping them back in to full-time employment. It's a hugely successful relationship and one that adds a significant social element to our greening work.
 
For more information on our greening projects please email henry@teamlondonbridge.co.uk 
 

 
Project: Greenwood Theatre Pocket Park 

Status: Complete 

Timing: March 2015

Location: Weston Street 

A celebrity creative collaboration bringing together the worlds of fashion and garden design has transformed this theatre in London Bridge into an urban oasis.  World renowned British fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes teamed up with garden designer and TV presenter Joe Swift to create a linear ‘pocket park’ at the Greenwood Theatre on Weston Street, London Bridge, in SE1.

The Theatre’s new facade and adjacent planting not only dramatically improves the streetscape but reduces flooding, provides seating, increases biodiversity and makes the theatre appeal to a much wider audience. 

Organised and part-funded by Team London Bridge, other contributors included Cityscapes, King's College London, Network Rail and The Mayor of London's Pocket Parks Programme.

Greenwood summer 2014
 
 
 Greenwood summer 2015

 
Project: Estates in Bloom

Status: Ongoing

Timing: 2012 - Present

Our funding of improvement and maintenance works to the communal gardens of the Whites Grounds and Tyers residential estates (just either side of Bermondsey Street on our BID boundary) is part of our commitment not only to 'greening' the general area, but to also forging links between our businesses and the wider community.
 
The results of our work have been transformational: once just grass and concrete, the space is now a fully functional communal garden with colourful borders, an allotment, fruit trees, public art and a rain garden. What's more, use and enjoyment of the space by the residents (especially the children) has increased markedly. Much of this physical change came about in 2014 when we successfully entered the gardens in a competition run by the RHS to win all 1100 plants used in Alan Titchmarsh's Chelsea Flower Show garden that year. 
 
Twice a month we also hold gardening workshops where local residents are invited to take part in the maintenance work and learn horticultural skills from the Putting Down Roots staff. This year we've strengthened community ties by setting up a scheme whereby the children from the estates sell the fruit, herbs and vegetables that they grow to the Bridge Lounge pub on Tooley Street.  
 
 

 
Project: Green Infrastructure Audit

Status: Complete

Timing: August 2012

In 2012 Team London Bridge (TLB) commissioned a Green Infrastructure (GI) Audit of the Business Improvement District (BID). This was one of eleven audits undertaken as part of the ‘Greening the BIDs’ project, funded by the Greater London Authority working closely with Cross River Partnership. The GI audits enable BIDs / employer partnerships to identify and realise opportunities to increase green cover across central London.

Green Infrastructure (GI) represents an approach to land use that has a critical role in meeting many of the social, environmental and economic challenges we face today. It achieves this through its multifunctional and connected nature and is underpinned by the concept of ‘ecosystem services’, an approach which recognises the many benefits that are generated by natural ecosystems, including flood alleviation, climate adaptation, visual enhancement, recreation, biodiversity and food production.

To read the 12 point GI Plan summary click here.


 
Project: In Bloom Awards

Status: Annual

Timing: June - August

The community and Team London Bridge are rightly proud of their greening efforts over the past few years. London in Bloom and Britain in Bloom has given the area the chance to show off and gain recognition for a range of horticultural projects.

Awards to date:

  • 2014 - London in Bloom Gold 
  • 2014 - London in Bloom 1st in Business Improvement District category 
  • 2014 - Britain in Bloom Environment Award 
  • 2014 - Britain in Bloom Silver  
  • 2013 - London in Bloom Silver Gilt
  • 2013 - London in Bloom 2nd in Business Improvement District category
  • 2012 - Britain in Bloom Silver Gilt
  • 2012 - London in Bloom 1st in Business Improvement District category
  • 2012 - London in Bloom Silver Gilt
  • 2011 - London in Bloom 1st in Business Improvement District category
  • 2011 - London in Bloom Silver Gilt
  • 2010 - London in Bloom Silver Gilt
  • 2009 - London in Bloom Silver Gilt 

 
Project: Gibbon's Rent

Status: Complete

Timing: 
May-June 2012 (3 weeks)

Location:
 Gibbon's Rent

Team London Bridge working with The Architecture Foundation and Southwark Council have transformed a long forgotten cut through from Magdalen Street to Bermondsey Street known as Gibbon's Rent.

Designed by emerging Australian architect Andrew Burns and award-winning landscape architect Sarah Eberle Gibbon's Rent has been transformed into a permanent shared green space for all to enjoy.

The project aims to raise awareness of this forgotten piece of Southwark and to contribute to the longer-term social and economic improvement of the area. It looks to actively encourage community participation asking local businesses and residents to contribute potted plants to the garden allowing it to grow and evolve, taking on a life of its own past its launch in summer 2012. Maintenance will take place throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes run by St Mungo's Putting Down Roots.


Gibbons Rent
Gibbon's Rent April 2012

Gibbons Rent
Public event in Gibbon's Rent June 2012
 

 
Project: Melior Street Garden
 
Status: Complete
 
Timing: May 2009
 
Location: Melior Street 
 
Awarded-winning local architects Cracknell were appointed by Team London Bridge to re-design this under-used public space that was afflicted with issues of anti-social behaviour and street-drinking.

The 500sqm site next to the Horseshoe Inn pub on Melior Street is now not only a mature public garden but it also functions as a working allotment. The space is maintained by Putting Down Roots, a horticultural of initiative of homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway. The produce grown here is sold to the Table Café in nearby Southwark Street or donated to local homeless day centre, the Manna Centre.

Each year the garden hosts our annual al-fresco 'Dinner From Our Back Garden' event where we celebrate the space and the hugely successful relationships between Team London Bridge, St Mungo's Broadway, The Table Cafe and the wider business community.  

Team London Bridge contributed £70,000 towards the project with the remaining £50,000 coming from Southwark Council’s ‘Cleaner, Greener, Safer’ fund.  

Melior Street in 2009 
 
Melior Street in 2014 
 

 
Project: Planting Projects

Status: Ongoing

Timing: 2008 - Present

Location: Throughout the area with special projects on Snowsfields, Tooley Street, Druid Street, Bermondsey Street and Duke Street Hill


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke Street Hill
 
 
Tooley Street 
 
 
Tooley Street
 
 
Druid Street wildflower meadow
 

 

Project: Tree Planting
 
Status: Complete

Timing: Feb 2008 / Feb 2009

Location: Snowfields / Melior St / Magdalen St

In February 2008 our contractors planted 24 silver birch trees along these roads. Immediately these trees have started helping to create a greener, more pleasant streetscape for local businesses, workers, residents and visitors alike, and will continue to have an increased impact as they grow. Ten more trees were added in February 2009.

If you see one of our new trees, or indeed any other street side tree in the Team London Bridge area, that needs attention please let us know by emailing environment@teamlondonbridge.co.uk 


Silver birch on Snowfields
 


Project: Hanging Baskets

Status: 
Complete

Timing: June 2008


Location: Throughout London Bridge area

Our investment in hanging baskets will help bring colour and seasonal life to the street scene throughout the Business Improvement District (BID). From early June there will be new 80 hanging baskets outside shops and along pedestrian routes to brighten our urban landscape.



 
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