It’s no secret that greening- up an urban environment and attracting wildlife is sometimes a challenge. So that’s where Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) came in with the launch of their Green Infrastructure Audit. It identified areas in the Victoria BID district which had the potential to be developed into green space to boost the area’s green appeal and more importantly, to help combat risks linked to urban flooding.
Two months, 16 tonnes of soil and 10,000 plants later, Victoria has just welcomed London’s largest Living Wall, designed to reduce urban flooding. Housed on the side of Rubens at the Palace Hotel, the 21 metre high wall covers a 350 square foot area and is home to seasonal flowers like strawberries, butter cups and winter geraniums to ensure it’s in bloom all year round.
The lack of absorbent surfaces in the area, means Victoria is prone to urban flooding but with specifically designed storage tanks, the wall can house up to 10,000 litres of water which is channelled back through the wall to nourish the plant life.
The Business Improvement District is working on similar projects due to be launched later in the year so visit victoriabid.co.uk for more details.