Canning Town development announces pioneering plans for self-sustaining eco-garden
East London residential development, Vermilion has announced pioneering plans for a self-sustaining eco-garden that aims to offset the carbon emissions generated in its construction.
The landscaped water garden, designed by Churchman Landscape Architects, has been created to harness watershed from adjoining properties, using this rainwater to feed its pond, plants and water features.
Rainwater makes its way from the roofs of surrounding buildings onto the podium garden to feed the pond. Here it is filtered by the marginal and aquatic plants, aerated by three fountains, and circulated by a serpentine rill around the courtyard area back into the pond.
Multi-level roof scapes that enhance the views from the terraces will be built using crushed brick from the demolished buildings on site and planted with a carefully selected range of local plant species. This will provide an important feeding and nesting habitat for the many bird species found near the Lea River and the Thames.
Lead Landscape Architect Andrew Thornhill said: “From the upper roofs that support the foraging habitats of the locally protected Black Red Start, to the reeds and marginals edging the pond, we’ve researched each habitat and believe these gardens are the first of their kind in the UK.”
Surrounding the pond and lawn are the herbaceous borders, constructed using renewable and sustainable hardwood timber.
“Every aspect of the garden has been carefully though out, from the types of plants that encourage the nesting of birds and support aquati life, to the ‘Green Wall’ that we have installed to provide a quiet and protected environment from the nearby roads and train lines.
“The ethos of the scheme is to encourage a low-carbon lifestyle. We’re hoping that the residents at Vermilion will embrace this philosophy.”
David Caught, Sales & Marketing Director for Muse Developments, added: “The eco-garden at Vermilion will be a place for residents to come to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of East London life. It’s very unusual for a residential scheme, just ten minutes from Canary Wharf, to have such a large green space and we’re expecting it to be extremely popular.”
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