The secret garden of North Kensington

18 September 2017

Wildlife habitats are springing up across the borough at pace with the latest thriving wildlife oasis in full bloom on a roof sandwiched between the busy A40 Westway flyover and the Great Western Mainline rail route to Paddington.

Twelve months on from being installed the Green Roof which sits above the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre is thriving with a variety of wildlife species and plant growth for visitors to the centre to take time out in and relax from the hustle and bustle of city life.

To combat the effects of urbanisation Kensington and Chelsea Council has commissioned a series of community and partner projects to help increase biodiversity across the borough. The latest installation in Acklam Road, North Kensington, was commissioned by the Council and Groundwork London. It was designed by Green Infrastructure Consultancy and installed by Aquaten Lite TM.

Surrounded by one of London’s busiest road and rail networks, the Green Roof is easy to access for visitors to the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre as well as residents and neighbouring businesses.

Kensington and Chelsea Lead Member for Communities, Cllr Mary Weale, said: “We are trying to create wildlife habitats across the borough as well as sustainable urban drainage to combat the effects of urbanisation. The results are breath taking and I look forward to more beautiful natural spaces springing up across the borough in the future.” 

A short video of the garden can be seen here -