Work has begun on London’s first ever floating garden in Paddington
London’s first ever floating garden is set to open in May this year in Merchant Square, Paddington, following the approval from Westminster City Council.
The 730 square metre floating oasis in the Paddington Basin of the Grand Union Canal will provide a Remarkable green space for the public to enjoy with its own mooring for canal boats. European Land and Property Limited who are the developer for the project, commissioned Tony Woods of The Garden Club to come up with the design for the park at the heart of Merchant Square. Tony Woods (former RHS Young Garden Designer of the year and a Gold medallist) stated that “Working to design the Floating Pocket Park has been a hugely exciting challenge, not only is this a truly one of a kind garden for London but a huge re-think of the way that we create public space in urban areas.”
The Floating Pocket Park will feature open lawn areas, compactly planted mixed borders, communal seating and a series of decking walkways and platforms for easy access over the water by the public. Pocket Park will be packed with intriguing features to encourage nearby community to spend time there. The planting scheme has been put together in such a way so as to encourage wildlife, with a separate pontoon specifically to encourage nesting birds. As the seasons change, so will the Floating Pocket Park, with scented winter flowers, spring bulbs, a variety of summer flowers and stem colour in autumn.
Westminster City Council Deputy leader, Robert Davis stated that the floating park will “rejuvenate a forgotten section of the canal and create a peaceful oasis for people to enjoy”. He further states that “the council welcomes this ingenious reinvention of the waterway which gives this part of the Grand Union a new purpose – attracting more businesses and visitors to the area.”
The garden will have free wifi access throughout to encourage local office workers to spend time there. It also has a mooring for boat-based traders selling coffee or food and will also have electronic boats you can hire and drive round the basin.