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Greening Up Urban Areas

October 15, 2015


This extraordinary planted walkway in Peckham S.E. London …

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…is a no-through lane linking two terraces of about twenty-three cottages facing each other and with pedestrian access only. Every household has amassed plants and planters on the patch of land outside of each front door resulting in a leafy oasis in the heart of Peckham…DSCN5509

Huge pots of hydrangea…DSCN5525

…nestled next to pots of Gaura lindheimeri…


Lovely African daisies spilled out of planters at ground level the flowers offset by their deep green leaves…DSCN5526

Arches covered the walkway adorned with various climbers…


Pots of red pelargonium mingled with bright orange nasturtiums and could well survive the winter in the shelter of such intense planting… …


And Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’ glowed in the shade…


This is the view through the metal gate on the pavement…


We would adore to achieve something similar here in the lane at the back of our terraced houses but the tarmac road has vehicle access. However I am increasing my simple planters outside the back door (I added another two this week) and I’m now hugely inspired by Choubert Square to get our lane as green and leafy as possible.

On the allotment the last of the runner beans have been picked in their papery pods and the roots left in the ground to absorb nitrogen. Cooked for 20 minutes the podded beans make a great salad with flat-leaf parsley and tomatoes…


DSCN5574Two lovely late sunflowers Helianthus ‘Earth Walker’ grown from seed from higgledygarden were added to a vase with Salvia elegans ‘Pineapple sage’, achilleas, cosmos and scabious…


9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2015 11:59 am

    I recognise Choumert Square. Wasn’t it on the telly a few years back?

  2. October 15, 2015 12:03 pm

    Quite probably. It’s a unique and inspiring community project that I first saw 15 years ago,

  3. October 17, 2015 6:51 am

    How inspiring. Amazingly effective when people work together.

    • October 17, 2015 10:15 am

      Yes and I guess many of the inhabitants were new to gardening until they lived there, No doubt they will now have become as obsessive as the rest of us.

  4. October 17, 2015 2:23 pm

    That’s such an amazing sight and just shows what can be achieved when a community pulls together. Those kind of projects have a very positive effect on the community and not just in terms of house prices! By the way, I love your vase of flowers. I have an Earth Walker sunflower in the veg patch this year. Absolutely no idea how it got there as I definitely didn’t plant it. Perhaps a passing bird may have seed bombed me!

  5. October 17, 2015 3:53 pm

    Glad you liked the flowers. The pineapple sage lasted for ten days and worked brilliantly with Earth Walker. I love it when flowers suddenly appear especially when they have unusual rich colours.

  6. Lucy permalink
    October 18, 2015 8:12 am

    Love the Peckham lane…..How much sweeter urban life could be with greener streets

  7. October 18, 2015 8:37 am

    Hi Lucy-yes the minute you see this lovely lane you realise the difference nature can make to all our lives. To me the planting reflected simple values within the shared community.

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