Last Friday (14th June) Team London Bridge welcomed Shirley Rodrigues, the Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy, to launch London’s most effective air-filtering living wall. Installed on the side of Fresh’s student accommodation, Orchard Lisle and Iris Brook, the green wall is a collaborative project, part of the Borough High Street Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiative, a scheme led by Team London Bridge and Better Bankside, supported by the Mayor of London
“I’m delighted that green walls such as this wonderful example here today are being installed and delivered by partnerships that recognise they have an important role to play in improving their neighbourhoods.”
– Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy
With healthy food stalls and a green smoothie station, the opening ceremony focused on the importance of living in healthier environments and future ideas of redeveloping the busy London Bridge and Bankside area through the initiative of injecting nature back into these concrete zones.
The living wall consists of over 73 species of plants and is the first green wall in London to display such diversity. The combination of carefully thought of flowering and pollinating plants will help to improve air quality in the local area and enrich biodiversity. The simplistic and sustainable design created by Scotscape uses no technology and instead relies solely on rainfall, and with its harvesting re-circulation system, not a drop of water is wasted.
We believe the initiative will have a huge positive impact on students, providing them with a greener outdoor space and improve the aesthetics of the building and surrounding streets.
We are delighted to have been part of the Low Emission Neighbourhood Initiative and are excited to see future developments as more interventions go underway to create healthy and attractive walking routes in London.