Chiswick Flower Market team build ‘parklet’ outside Gunnersbury tube station

Image above: New ‘parklet’ beside Gunnersbury tube station

Collaboration with West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society

You may have noticed some new planters and benches outside Gunnersbury tube station.

In their mission to improve Chiswick High Rd, the organisers of Chiswick Flower Market have teamed up with residents group the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society to create a ‘parklet’.

Local residents Neil Ramsay and Andrew Chipchase spent a busy few days last week creating benches, seats, trellis and planters. The existing planters, put in last year by Abundance London, were refreshed with new drought-tolerant flowers and they planted a fragrant and bee-friendly selection of thyme, lavender, honeysuckle, salvias and jasmine.

A lavender-planted bike rack was donated by Charlotte Aldridge of the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society (WCGS). Charlotte, who is Secretary of the residents’ association, said:

“WCGS are delighted by this development of the meanwhile garden which allows for a breathing space in this busy part of the Chiswick High Road. Many thanks to the Chiswick Flower Market for this great initiative.”

Images above: Volunteer workers Neil Ramsay and Andrew Chipchase; newly refurbished planters

Traders and passers-by welcome the new planted seating area

Although Chiswick Business Park directly opposite has a large area of landscaped gardens that the public can walk through and sit in and enjoy, the High Rd itself has nowhere to sit down in public space for some distance.

Mohammad Ananzeh, whose falafel stall is situated a few yards away, said:

“It’s really very nice, it offers people a nice place to sit. There was nowhere before. Passersby will enjoy sitting there.”

José Honorato, who works at the next door high-rise Chiswick Tower, said:

“It looks nice, it makes the area more attractive.”

Elaine Woo, who has recently moved to Chiswick said, “It’s really, really great.”

As Nick and Andrew were clearing up their tools after finishing the job, young mother Gabriella was already sitting on the bench with her baby. “It’s beautiful,” she said.

Image above: Gabriella enjoying the new amenity

Using the Flower Market profits to improve the High Rd

Chiswick Flower Market is a Community Interest Company run by volunteers. Now that it is making money, the organisers plan to invest it in improving the High Rd.

Karen Liebreich, one of the directors of the Chiswick Flower Market said:

“We hope this will go some way to transforming a hostile and windswept barren pavement along the High Road into a welcoming corner of plants and seating.

“We look forward to ongoing improvements enabled by the success of the Flower Market.”

West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society welcomes new members and intends to continue greening its part of Chiswick. The Society will maintain and water the planters, and welcomes volunteers to join their activities. If you would like to know more, contact: secretary@westchiswickgs.org.

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