Last year New West End Company and The Portman Estate created Wild West End Garden in partnership with Wild West End, Baker Street Quarter BID, Marble Arch BID and FM Conway. It has transformed an urban side street off Oxford Street into a people-friendly green space for workers, residents and visitors to enjoy.
Designed by Kate Gould, it was showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 where it was awarded a gold medal in the ‘Space to Grow’ category. Following its installation on Old Quebec Street at the end of June 2018, the garden has also been awarded a gold medal for the London in Bloom Awards in the ‘Fresh Air Gardens’ category. The award recognised the garden’s importance in reducing the impact of pollution, its sustainability in terms of re-using Chelsea Flower Show materials and its positive effect on the local community.
Arup carried out an analysis and user surveys, which found:
- An increase in dwell time by 29%
- A 64% increase in self reported well-being
- An increase of 47% of people walking through the street, on average, per day
- 99% of people surveyed want to see more greening in the West End
The results from the monitoring have also provided valuable lessons learned and new opportunities to explore and develop in future gardens. Wild West End Garden has demonstrated that small-scale, street gardens can be easily integrated into our cities with positive outcomes.
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