The Southwark-based horticulturist told the Standard the £175 million bridge will be a “magical place in the centre of London” divided into five zones reflecting the centuries-long history of the city’s green spaces.
The publication of the designs meant the gardens could now take centre stage following months of debate about the location, structure and cost of Thomas Heatherwick’s bridge.Oh, the ‘debate’ (or rather, the sniping and whinging) will rage on in the pages of the increasingly-irrelevant left-learning press. But the architects and builders will simply get on with their jobs.
From south to north, the five landscape areas start with a nod to the species once common on the former marshes of the South Bank, where Samuel Pepys spoke of walking through water meadows and willow beds to get to Greenwich.
This will be followed by the South Glade, a woodland featuring plants known for spring blossom and autumn fruit. The area over the central span will be known as the Scarp and is designed to create an environment similar to a cliff top landscape.
The North Glade will be a second woodland area “drawing inspiration from the parks and gardens of old London.”
The final North Bank landscape will echo nearby Temple Gardens with scented late winter and early spring flowering shrubs. They will reflect the former gardens in the area, which were populated with olives and figs and roses brought back by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and cultivated until Victorian times.It sounds utterly enchanting – roll on 2018!