During a week of annual leave I decided to visit some different green spaces across London. Working in London, it’s easy to become complacent being surrounded by grey buildings.

Sometimes we need to spend time closer to home to find, love and appreciate the green spaces we are lucky enough to have around us.

 

Barbican Conservatory

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London's second largest Conservatory, home to 2000 species of plants, the Barbican is definitely worth visiting if you are nearby. Similar in size to one of Kew Garden's small greenhouses, but with just as impressive selection of plants. The plants growing over the concrete auditorium-like walls creates a space where you feel close to nature against a backdrop of Brutalist architecture.

Chelsea Physic Garden

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Chelsea Physic Garden is an educational haven for young and old alike. The garden opens up to reveal an organised, tranquil space divided into sections of plant history, geography and uses. A highlight is the edible garden, designed to reflect the principles of permaculture. Walking around the garden combines education, with signs explaining culinary and medicinal uses of plants, and the opportunity to reflect on how much we depend on plants for our survival.

Hackney City Farm

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Located alongside Haggerston Park in Hackney, the City Farm is an educational community hub for local people. Welcomed by Frizzante restaurant which offers a relaxed atmosphere and a great vegan brunch and a high street style farm shop, the City Farm stands out an idealistic model for urban futures; situated in residential Hackney the space offers a re-connection to animals and the land.

Skip Garden

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In the heart of the redevelopment of King’s Cross, the Skip Garden sits amongst a building site past the newly developed Coal Drops Yard. The product of Global Generation’s nature based thinking; the garden was created with their core value of: ‘I, We and the Planet’ in mind. The garden was co-created with local businesses and schools, becoming a unique space contrasting the ongoing construction work in the area.

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Mental health management is a big part of my life (suffering from eating disorders and depression) and taking time to find spaces of joy and community in my everyday life has been invaluable to my recovery. Visiting different green spaces, from community gardens to public conservatories and city farms has given me a renewed perspective on London - the National Park City.

Twitter: @LouisePomfrett
Louise grows with GrowCheshunt

 
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