New Story Summiteer and free-lance journalist, Lucy Purdy, who is also an enthusiastic gardener with a keen interest in food-growing and the environment, investigates the possibilities of urban greening.
“Imagine the scene. You’re walking along London’s Oxford Street. Tumbling through the gaps between buildings are fruit trees – apples, pears and nuts spilling out from cracks in the concrete, food plump and ripe amidst the bustle of the capital. Either side of the road, raised beds stretch away from you in beautiful, arcing shapes – squash, leeks and pumpkins sitting atop crumbly, black compost, smaller versions of the allotments and city farms which are just visible in the distance. The roofs above your head are green too, kissing the sky with flowers, wildlife happily humming and buzzing in peaceful co-existence with the workers and pedestrians below.” Read the full story….
Photograph: The High Line, Bruce McVean