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Greening the grey: Connecting people and plants

Earth - also known as the planet of plants - sees a delicate line between plants and society. Think about how often we come into contact with plants in our daily lives - it's likely more often than you think - in the medicine we take, food we eat, even the air we breathe. The relationship between man and plant is therefore undoubtedly an important one. To ensure this connection between people and plants is a long and continuous one, it is essential to make the environment healthy, pollution free and provide enough green space for everyone. We want to highlight five projects that connect people and plants together through the creation of green infrastructure.

The Camden High Line

The Camden Highline draws its inspiration largely on the New York High Line. The project led by an international design competition was awarded to a team led by James Corner Field Operations will turn a disused stretch of railway viaduct into a new elevated park creating green infrastructure for walking and cycling. Stretching over 1.2k from Kentish Town Road to Kings Cross, connected via a short 10-minute walk. Once completed, it will be free to access and will provide a beautiful linear outdoor garden in the sky with benches to sit, cafes, and spaces for charitable events, providing a local green space for the community to enjoy.

Listen to Simon Pitkeathley CEO of the Camden Highline discuss the project in The Green Room Podcast.

Photo by: © Christine Matthews (cc-by-sa/2.0) and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Urban Nature Project

The Urban Nature Project is a movement that recognises the importance of making our towns and cities healthy and sustainable places to live through the engagement with nature. As part of the Urban Nature project, the National History Museum's five-acre South Kensington site will become a hub for urban wildlife research, conservation, and transformed into a welcoming, accessible and diverse green space for all to access.

Photo by: © Jeremy Bolwell (cc-by-sa/2.0) and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

New Bristol Zoo

The Bristol Zoo site is being planned for relocation at the Wild Place Project. New Bristol Zoo will be developed by Landscape Architects, Grant Associates and will become home to some of the world’s most threatened species - there will be a large park created on the grounds of the zoo, along with a conservation centre, an exhibition space, play areas, and a lake - providing open green space for the public to use.

National Trust, Green Corridors

The National Trust plans to develop 'green corridors', a project designed to connect urban areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to green spaces on their fringes. The project will create a three-mile network of foraging habitats along the route with hedgerows and trees, bringing people together with their environment.

Photo by: © DSDHA and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Exchange Square

Designed by Architects, DSDHA, Broadgate's Exchange Square provides 150 acres of accessible green space above train tracks in London's otherwise busy city centre. With over 14000 plants, the green space has quadrupled Broadgate's planting and increased biodiversity. The landscaped area at the centre comprises an amphitheatre, seating areas, and an open-air working area. The space is designed to promote mental and physical health while enhancing social interaction.


As outdoor furniture experts, we recognise the importance of maintaining a green environment, with that in mind, we created FERN, a new range of large outdoor planters, designed to maximise sustainability and biodiversity in our environment. Manufactured from 3mm thick recycled steel and are fully welded for a water tight performance like no other.

FERN is available in a choice of three styles: rectangular, square and circular and two standard heights of 600mm and 900mm and perfect for creating planting schemes in mass in Public and Commercial spaces, Rooftops and Residential schemes.

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