Waterloo enters London in Bloom competition for the first time

Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has entered the London in Bloom campaign following a number of greening initiatives.

The London Eye in Waterloo. Image: MorgueFile
The London Eye in Waterloo. Image: MorgueFile

A recent area-wide planting scheme has increased green infrastructure in the area, abandoned land has been transformed into the Oasis Farm Waterloo and the Leake Street Pocket Park is due for completion in August.

In November 2014 Waterloo Quarter commissioned local landscape consultants, named (uncommon), to increase local green infrastructure in the area. Thanks to their design and a series of community planting events there are now 100 planters on the streets of Waterloo.

The new planters are an environmentally sustainable replacement for hanging basket displays. The planters can be adapted to be watered from down-pipes from neighbouring buildings, and the plants chosen stand a greater degree of heat, shade, lack of water and urban pollution than other species.

The London in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in London, involving thousands of communities each year. The campaign recognises lasting improvements to local environments for the benefit of those that live, work and visit there, today and in the future.

The London in Bloom judges, Mark Wasilewski and Victoria Newton, visited Waterloo on Tuesday 7 July to judge the BID's work. Winners will be announced on 15 September.

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