This urban pocket park is designed as an inclusive place bringing people and plants together, and at the same time highlighting the ways in which green spaces provide personal and social health and wellbeing benefits.
The garden has a shady aspect and is bestowed with a sense of tranquility created by the planting in which textural foliage dominates and is punctuated with floral accents of colour. The hard landscaping is made from recycled materials. A pavilion structure and seating provide opportunities for dwelling and respite from the pressures of city life. Large planters add a sense of height and enclosure, creating an immersive and safe experience for visitors.
The garden embodies the work of the homeless charity St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots’ programme, which operates in public urban gardens as well as Cityscapes’ creative approach to shaping spaces and reusing materials.
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St Mungo’s outreach teams go out each night to meet people who are homeless and to help them off the streets. With 17 outreach teams we are one of the largest providers of outreach services in the country.
Each night we offer a bed and support to more than 3,200 people across London, the south east and south west. We believe that people can – and do – recover from the issues that cause homelessness. We work to prevent homelessness and support people at every step of their recovery from homelessness.
Following the show, the garden was split and relocated across two sites - one in London Bridge City at Southwark Crown Court; the other in Guy’s Hospital campus at King’s College London, to bring greenery and respite outside the hospital entrance. Both sites will be maintained by Putting Down Roots clients for the enjoyment of the whole community.
"Public spaces are so good for our health and wellbeing and that’s become particularly apparent during the pandemic. We think it’s really important to show public gardens that are inclusive and available to everyone. We want people to see that they can be designed imaginatively whilst also being sustainable." - Darryl Moore, Designer