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Path of Least Resistance

A garden to highlight how industrial wastelands can be colonised with natives and what many gardeners see as weeds, and how these together with more ornamental flowering plants that follow, might re-establish a more wildlife friendly environment out of the rubble.

Installations

​Did you know...

  • The first colonisers such as chamomile and daisies emerge through a fissured tarmac surface
  • ​Re-inforcing bars used to strengthen concrete are used to create open structures similar to the jibs of cranes abandoned on the site
  • Some plants used in the garden will remove toxins from the waste ground

About the Garden 

Our naturalistic urban garden draws attention to post-industrial urban wastelands, how they form and then evolve to become biodiverse areas in which wildlife thrives. It takes inspiration from neglected and disturbed land and champions the pioneering plants that take hold in such places, thus beginning the process of turning wasteland to wilderness.
 
In this garden the plant renegades and survivors of urban landscapes grow alongside species of wildflowers, weeds and plant escapees from manicured gardens. Together these plants add colour and beauty to desolate spaces, and in the process provide a valuable habitat for wildlife, feed pollinators, stabilise soil and provide bioremediation.
 
Our garden promotes sustainable gardens of the future, and highlighting the strength and versatility of plants found on post-industrial urban wastelands. 

 

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