London’s Garden Bridge will be a new public garden and pedestrian crossing on River Thames that connects the South Bank to Temple station beyond. The bridge will provide a new promenade with plants, trees, woodland and meandering walkways, in the footsteps of the popular High Line Park in New York.
On November 1st 2013 The Garden Bridge Trust, dedicated to driving forward the creation of the Bridge, was launched with Lord Mervyn Davies as its chairman. A public consultation led by The Garden Bridge Trust and supported by TfL, will run until December 20th 2013 and will encourage the public to come forward with their thoughts and suggestions on the scheme.
“With a structure that widens and narrows across its span, the elevated garden will not only be a safe and easy way for London’s many commuters and visitors to cross the river, it will also make places along its length for pedestrians to stop and better enjoy the remarkable river setting and unparalleled views of the city. The addition of careful planting with variety in scale, openness and intimacy will create a new kind of public space in the city”.
Heatherwick Studio says it has been working on the idea with actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley, who adds: “It’s quite strange to talk of something that doesn’t exist yet, but the Garden Bridge is already vivid in the plans and the imagination. This garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water.”