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Past event: Going for Gold: New West End Garden wows at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

For the first time ever, London’s West End boasts an award-winning garden with air-purifying plants, vibrant planting and environmentally positive technology...

At this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 2018), our not-so-secret New West End Garden was awarded a gold medal for sustainability and innovation. The garden was designed by award-winning designer Kate Gould and is sponsored by the New West End Company and The Portman Estate in collaboration with Wild West End, Marble Arch BID, Baker Street Quarter Partnership and FM Conway, with sustainable technology provided by Pavegen. 


The communal garden, designed to provide a yearly green oasis  in the heart of the West End features an abudance of vibrant planting, including lightweight trees which offer shelter and seclusion from the surrounding environment. Air-purifying plants, such as ferns, Chinese dogwood trees and seven-son flower trees, were additionally chosen to help remove pollution, enhance local air quality, and protect and enhance opportunities for wildlife and plants.

Pushing the boundaries of innovation (in addition to sustainability), the garden utilities environmentally positive technology. Within the garden, Pavegen's innovative tiles convert footsteps into electricity and data; whilst energy-harvesting systems support residents, workers and visitors.

Owing to its success, the garden has since been relocated to the heart of the West End, and will provide a relaxing public space for the public to enjoy from July 24th 2018 until December 31st 2019.


Event Details

Friday 25th May 2018

Royal Hospital Road

The Portman Estate