Designer builds garden in a skip

GArden designer puts skip garden in suburban street to highlight loss of London's front gardens

The crisis of front gardens being paved over has a new champion. Garden designer Kathy Taylor is building a garden in a skip to put in a street in Redbridge, London, following the news that two-thirds of London’s gardens are paved over (HW, 1 September). The street currently has no front gardens. Taylor said the skip is “a memorial to front gardens” and attacked the “concrete deserts” they have become. The London Borough of Redbridge partnerships team is running a campaign to re-green front gardens in the borough under the banner “Front Gardens Matter”. The skip is on display at Wanstead Leisure Centre until 19 September. Taylor hopes she will then find a paved front garden to put it in. Plants and materials for the skip come from Homebase, Coblands, Formpave and Redbridge Garden Centre, and the skip is from Bywaters.

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