Green wall for Wharfdale Road – latest news…

Guelder_rose Ok, so this picture is actually me own back garden – but it’s yet another method of vertical gardening not just an excuse to get a piccy of my own garden up!

I’ve been away for a few days and emails have been flying in, so I’m quite excited about the latest:

With John Ashwell, our local tree hero, back in town he’s been on the case for us and so far has enlisted help from LB Islington’s tree specialists who have already sent us a link to this vertical gardening site for inspiration:

Places for People, the housing association that owns the land at the base of the wall, has won lottery funding to run a:

"multimillion pound "Green Spaces for People" project will see a consortium of housing providers, led by Places for People and including The Riverside Group and Peabody Trust, regenerate over 70 local communities across the country to create green community spaces"

Although it is highly unlikely we will be able to access any of this money as it is earmarked for a particular set of projects, it does appear to bode well that this landowner has an interest in greening urban spaces. Not only that, but Places for People have also:

"Scooped a national award for its green environmental work, beating off stiff competition from 26 other housing groups."

Another LB Islington contact has sent in this link to a supplier of specialist steel rope to guide climbing plants – this is likely to be the way we go with the wall if we get permission:

And a post graduate journalism student at City University has contacted us. She will be concentrating on writing artcles about Calendonian Ward and wants to feature the green wall project.

I have written to the owners of Lighterman House, 26-36 Wharfdale Rd, as it appears that they own the wall itself. I remain hopeful that they will give permission as they have shown their green credentials by incorporating a green roof into the soon to be completed refurbishment of Lighterman House. So, not assuming anything, but here’s hoping…

I’ve put up a little website about the wall at I’ll add to that as time goes by. If you have any suggestions, comments, want to get involved, or anything else contact

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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