Hotel sports London's latest largest living wall

More than 10,000 plants have been used to create a 350 square metre living wall - along with 16 tons of soil - at The Rubens at the Palace hotel in London's Victoria. 

Located on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, the wall reaches over 21 metres high and is packed with over 20 seasonal plant species including buttercups, crocuses, strawberries, lavender, spring bulbs, and winter geraniums.

Designer Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy chose the plants to ensure the wall is in-bloom all year round. The wall was installed and will be maintained by TreeBox.

Affectionately nicknamed The Green Lungs of Victoria, the wall boasts significant environmental benefits, such as improving the air quality for those working in and passing through the area and attracting much-needed wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds.

It is also London's largest living wall dedicated to reducing the risk of urban flooding, which is a challenge in the Victoria area, due to the low absorbency of urban surfaces.The wall will also be a tourist landmark, brightening the popular walk from Victoria station to the Royal residence.

Malcolm Hendry, General Manager of the Rubens commented: "The buzz about the Living Wall is palpable. People are stopping to admire it, take photos of it and generally wonder what it’s all about."

He added: "But the wall has a very serious purpose beyond just looking great – we’re excited to be able to positively impact the people living and working in, as well as the huge amount of visitors passing through, this area by improving the air quality, attracting wildlife and reducing the risk of urban flooding."

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