Think of the South Bank and ‘leafy’ is probably not the first word to come to mind. But the area’s iconic concrete walkways are about to be transformed this summer into something possibly bordering on the rustic. A series of nine allotments, created from reclaimed wood, will be erected along the Thames, with plots dug on raised beds in front of the Royal Festival Hall. And if the weather holds up, we could soon be seeing the area blooming with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
The project, the Queen’s Walk Window Gardens, in partnership with landscape gardeners Wayward Plants, is part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood. It will also feature 200 window boxes which will be ‘adopted’ by businesses, community groups, schools and residents and the allotments will be illuminated at night. Rebecca Taylor
Volunteers are needed to help construct the allotments for two weeks at the end of May before the official opening on June 1 and to help tend the plants during the festival.
Those of you of a green-fingered nature can get more information at southbankcentre.co.uk/neighbourhood.