London housing estate to feature 2,500 new trees and shrubs

Planning approval gained for London scheme with landscape designed by Standerwick Land Design

Nearly 2,500 new trees and shrubs are to be planted on a derelict site which had been infected with Japanese Knotweed.

The site in Islington, north London, was bought in the 1990s to allow construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in to St Pancras and subsequently became infested with the invasive weed.

But now it has been removed and the site is being transformed into 156 homes by Telford Homes, after Islington Council gave planning approval.

The scheme, designed by Jestico & Whiles features seven new residential buildings, with landscape architecture by Standerwick Land Design.

Its design has climbing plants, green walls and green roofs across the 1.9ha site.

The landscaping will form part of a nature trail to be used by local schools. Construction is due to start later this year and finish in the middle of 2017.

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