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London’s first ‘floating garden’ set to open in Paddington Basin

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An artist’s impression of the proposed floading garden

Published: 3 February, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

A NEW floating garden is set to open this spring at Merchant Square, Paddington Basin. The garden, understood to be the first of its kind in London, will be complete with open lawns, new plants designed to encourage wildlife and communal seating. 

The plans also include a separate pontoon designed to attract ground-nesting birds. 

Members of the public will be able to access the park by walking over the water on a series of decked platforms. There will also be a pavilion, which will provide support for plants and shade for visitors. A  dedicated area for events will have a capacity for 120 visitors. 

The project was welcomed by the Paddington Waterways and Maida Vale Society, which branded it an “innovative proposal that increases usable outside amenity space in the heart of our busy area”. 

The garden plan was created by award-winning designer Tony Wood alongside European Land and Property Limited, which manage Merchant Square and approved by Westminster Council and the Canal and River Trust.

The council’s deputy leader Robert Davis welcomed the “ingenious reinvention”, adding: “Our canals were once the arteries that brought the industrial revolution into the heart of London before modern technology left many stretches unused and unloved.”

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