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  • Ewer Street Shelter - plaque
    Revealing Bankside's heritage
    Ewer Street Shelter 2015
  • Providing sustainable urban drainage and habitat for pollinators in Bankside
    Warden's Grove Rain Garden 2015
  • Ewer Street Burial Ground memorial
    Revealing Bankside's past
    Ewer Street Burial Ground 2015
  • Bankside Pop Up Space
    Bringing new creative uses to Bankside
    Bankside Pop Up Space 2010
  • Union Street Urban Orchard
    Temporary garden on Union Street, 2010
    Union Street Urban Orchard 2010
  • A new local resource to learn about green roofs
    Planted Canopy, Flat Iron Square 2013
  • Skirt of the Black Mouth
    Artists Heather and Ivan Morrison reveal new public space on a live building site
    Skirt of the Black Mouth, Sumner Street 2012
  • Guerrilla Gardening
    We pimped our pavement as part of Green Sky Thinking week 2012
    Guerrilla Gardening, Great Guildford Street 2012
  • Flat Iron Square, Bankside
    A new public space in the heart of Bankside
    Flat Iron Square, Union Street 2011
  • A 30m2 modular green wall in Borough Market
    Verdant Viaduct, Stoney Street 2013

Bankside Urban Forest

Launched in 2007, Bankside Urban Forest is a long-term partnership project that works improve the network of streets and public spaces between the riverside and Elephant and Castle, spreading the benefits of regeneration deeper into the Borough.  Bankside Urban Forest is about making Bankside a better place to live, work and visit.  It is a strategy for enhancing public spaces - including streets, pavements, squares and parks - in the Bankside area.

Bankside Urban Forest imagines Bankside’s streets and public spaces as an urban forest rather than an urban park.  The term 'forest' is an imaginative name for describing the project and the area.  Bankside has a rich network of streets and open spaces.  The character of these small clearings of pocket parks, within Bankside's medieval street pattern, evokes the idea of a forest.  The strategy is not literally to turn the area into a forest, although it does create opportunities for greening, using trees, planted walls, and other means.

Although the strategy introduces elements associated with green infrastructure and resilience of the city, there are also important social and economic imperatives in the project.  By adopting an ecological approach to designing and investing in the public spaces and streets in the area, there are greater opportunities to support local economies and conserve historic street patterns and connectivities.

  • Bankside Urban Forest encourages investment in streets and other public spaces by working in partnership with public and private sector partners.
  • Bankside Urban Forest delivers imaginative and high-quality improvements through engaging with local residents, businesses, developers and landowners.
  • Bankside Urban Forest promotes greater exploration, footfall and cycling across the area by implementing projects that green streets and help reduce traffic speeds.
  • Bankside Urban Forest helps to improve the local connections between green spaces, amenities and where people live and work.
  • Bankside Urban Forest provides a common vision for Bankside's public realm, so that investment joins up to connect new developments with established spaces.

Since its launch in 2007, Bankside Urban Forest has planted over 250 trees, increased green cover in the neighbourhood by more than 1000m2 and improved over 10,000m2 public space across the area.

Why a forest?

The term 'forest' is an imaginative name for describing the project.  Bankside has a rich network of streets and open spaces.  The character of these small clearings of pocket parks, within Bankside's medieval street pattern, evokes the idea of a forest.  The strategy is not literally to turn the area into a forest, although it does create opportunities for greening, using trees, planted walls, and other means.

Making it happen

Bankside Urban Forest is co-ordinated by Better Bankside on behalf of the wider Partnership.  Through the initiative large and small scale projects can be implemented. Large scale projects such as Flat Iron Square or Great Suffolk Street are then complemented by a range of smaller scale community focused projects, which aim to engage people in the the work of the Forest, and make connections between people and places in Bankside.  

Bankside Urban Forest works closely with local community partners Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Blackfriars Settlement and Bankside Residents Forum.  If you would like to get more involved in the work of Bankside Urban Forest contact: Valerie Beirne, Bankside Urban Forest Manager or e-mail vb@betterbankside.co.uk

Bankside Urban Forest is proud to be part of the Mayor of London's Great Outdoors programme.

 

Nov 22 2012