Regent Street's Secret Allotment Garden
On Regent Street, above the hustle and bustle of the street level, lies a secret allotment garden where community gardeners grow and tend their vegetables and herbs through the seasons.
The Regent Street garden allotment was set up by The Crown Estate and Regent Street Management Direct to encourage more wildlife into the West End. The allotment also allows occupiers to grow their own food regardless of experience or age. Ten Regent Street businesses and 30 volunteer gardeners are actively involved in the Allotment Club – now in its second year. There are 16 table top allotments and one large communal herb table.
The gardeners, of which most start as complete novices, gain great satisfaction in growing their own food. Experienced professional gardeners are also readily available to provide seed and plug resources and valuable advice throughout the harvest season.
In addition to developing new skills, the allotment presents time for relaxation and contemplation. The gardeners describe the allotments as a haven where they recharge their batteries, planting, weeding and watering crops in the peace and calm up on the rooftops.
Throughout the season, there is an increase in pollinators, such as honey bees, bumble bees, ladybirds, butterflies and small birds such as pied wagtails. The pollinators encourage bumper crop growth, including herbs, salads, fruits, and vegetables.
In true tradition of a secret garden the key to the unknown 7th floor opens the roof door to reveal an unexpected mass of greenery growing from table top allotments – always a show stopper for the new guest or a regular visitor.
The Crown Estate
Area of green space:
16 table top allotments