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New roof gardens spring up in unusual North Kensington setting

How unusual!

A small piece of garden oasis is blossoming in North Kensington between the busy A40 Westway flyover and the Great Western Mainline rail route to Paddington.

The roof garden sits above the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and is thriving with a variety of wildlife species and plant growth 12 months after it was installed.

It is one of a number wildlife habitats springing up in borough to help combat the effects of urbanisation, with Kensington and Chelsea Council commissioning a series of community and partner projects to help increase biodiversity.

The latest installation in Acklam Road was commissioned by the local authority and Groundwork London, designed by Green Infrastructure Consultancy and installed by Aquaten Lite TM.

Surrounded by one of London’s busiest road and rail networks, the Green Roof is easy to access for visitors to the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre as well as residents and neighbouring businesses.

The roof garden sits between the busy A40 Westway flyover and the Great Western Mainline rail route to Paddington(Image: RBKC)

Kensington and Chelsea lead member for communities, Cllr Mary Weale, said: “We are trying to create wildlife habitats across the borough as well as sustainable urban drainage to combat the effects of urbanisation.

“The results are breath taking and I look forward to more beautiful natural spaces springing up across the borough in the future.”

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