Location: London, UK [MAP]
Designer: Wayward Plants
Project Type: Public Garden
Completion Date: May 2013
Access: On foot along Southbank, outside the Royal Festival Hall (nearest tube stops Embankment or Waterloo) open daily from 31 May – 8 September, 10am – 9pm.
Along the South Bank of London SGA gleefully came across the Window Garden. A wooden labyrinth, the inner constructed from old windows, the outer beautiful unfolding wooden panels to allow access during the day but can also be sealed for security.
The Garden is especially exciting for 3 reasons.
Recycled material – The windows were reclaimed and used by the community who built the structure.
Managed by community group – who tend the allotment.
Water filter – A Treadle Pump, human powered irrigation device located on top of a water source and is activated by stepping up and down on treadles to drive pistons. It was originally developed in Bangladesh to provide farmers in rural villages with water.
A Filtration System is also used so water from the adjacent River Thames can be purified and supplied to the plants.
A sustainable, community orientated garden in a prime public location seems like a great way to highlight and educate people about the issues raised.