River of Flowers: London

About our river

River of Flowers: Pollinator Key Symbols

 Wildflowers    Flowering tree    Edibles    Butterflies    Honeybee hive    Wild bees

River of Flowers London originated in North London in the native woodland garden at the Archway Herbal Clinic, at that time part of Middlesex University and growing a non-native medicinal garden. Since bumblebees were unable to cross Highgate Hill safely to reach this this woodland garden, tsaff at the Archway Herbal Clinic, including its Director Kathryn Lwin, created a 'river of flowers' or trail of wildflower forage for bees and other pollinators on the other side of Highgate Hill. Volunteers planted at the Whittington Trust hospital between the wildflower meadows at Whittington Park and those at Waterlow Park, taking in the school meadow at St Josephs School, the wildflowers at Highgate Cemetary and the trees in Queens Wood along the way. It now extends from the butterfly garden at Alexandra Palace, taking many wild place including the Parkland Walk, the school gardens at Pooles Park school in Finsbury Park and all the way down to the wildflower enclaves in Highbury and across to the London Wildlife Nature Reserve at Kings Cross. The River of Flowers in North London was sponsored by Middlesex University, Awards for All, the Archway Herbal Clinic, Greenspace in Islington and private donations.

The following creators and supporters of wild & edible urban spaces are based in North London:

Transition Crouch End Transition Highbury
Transition Belsize  Transition Dartmouth Park
London Borough of Islington London Borough of Barnet
London Borough of Camden North London Beekeepers
London Borough of Haringey Permaculture London
London Orchard Project What If Projects

River of Flowers in East London extends from the wildflowers in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Hackney to the magnificent meadows at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, taking in the wildflowers in the Poppy Estate or Clapton Park Estate and those of Homerton Overground Station along the way. It loops round to the wildflowers in Hackney City Farm in the City of London. The River of Flowers in East London, including the new meadow at Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens and the wildflowers at Roots and Fruit Orchard in the Jack Dunning Estate, was sponsored by private donations. The Manchester to London Cycle Flower Power ride for the Chelsea Fringe Festival 2015 ended at East London. The River of Flowers in East London, including the meadow at Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens and the wildflowers at Roots and Fruit Orchard in the Jack Dunning Estate, was sponsored by private donations.
The following creators and supporters of wild & edible urban spaces are based in East London:

Barbican Library  Robert Kesseler
Geffrye Museum Secret Seed Society
London Borough of City of London Tree Muskateers
London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Sustain Plan Projects
Tower Habitats  

River of Flowers in West London extends from the bluebells and other wild bulbs at Roehampton College in Richmond through to the trial meadows at Kingston Environment Centre in Kingston taking in many wild places along the way including the beautiful natural Ham Meadows, the tow path by Teddington Lock, the Meadow Up Your Street meadows on Lower Ham Road, the Hawker Centre and Canbury Gardens. It loops up to the wild spaces in Kensington and Chelsea and takes in the natural wild spaces along the River Crane in Houslow. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival 2013, a walk took place in Kingston on Thames along the tow path and through Ham Meadows. The River of Flowers in West London, including wildflowers for Meadow Up Your Street in Lower Ham Road, was sponsored by members of Transition Kingston and private donations.
The following creators and supporters of wild & edible urban spaces are based in West London:

London Borough of Hounslow Petersham Nurseries
London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea South West London Environment Network
London Borough of Kingston Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn
London Borough of Richmond Transition Town Kingston
London Borough of Wandsworth The Environment Trust
John Lewis Kingston Roof Garden               Tolworth Court Farm 
Urbanfarmacy    Grow Wild                                                 

River of Flowers in Central London extends along the North Embankment from Victoria Tower Gardens to the Inner Temple Gardens and along the South Embankment from the Garden Barge Square to the Garden Museum taking in some of the wildflower meadows, community gardens, public gardens including roof gardens, parks and groves of wildflowering trees along the way at the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, as well as the street gardens of the Bankside Urban Forest around Flat Iron Square and Red Cross Garden. The River of Flowers in Central London was sponsored by The Savoy, London and launched at the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of the iconic Savoy Hotel. The Savoy a hotel in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Group renowned for its commitment to bee sustainability, also commissioned a special Savoy Seeds Wildflower Mix for planting in urban spaces and a Map of a new Wildflower Walk along the route. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival 2015, a Wildflower Safari took place along the south bank of the Thames.
The following creators and supporters of wild & edible urban spaces are based in Central London:

London Borough of Lambeth Westminster City Council  South Bank Employers Group  
Better Bankside Bankside Urban Forest Bankside Open Spaces  
Coin Street Community Builders      

River of Flowers in South London extends from the Mobile Gardeners Park and the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest in Southwark, edible growing sites in Lambeth to the Grow Mayow Community Garden in Bromley taking in many wildflower sites on the way including the wildflower meadows at Nursery Park and Brockley Station. The River of Flowers at the Elephant & Castle was created, sponsored and mapped by the Guerilla Gardener, Richard Reynolds and the Mobile Gardeners Park. 
The following creators and supporters of wild & edible urban spaces are based in South London:

Borough Market London Borough of Bromley Transition Town Brixton  
Brockley Cross Action Group London Borough of Lambeth Transition Brockley  
Edible Bus Stop London Borough of Lewisham Transition Lewisham  
London Food Link London Borough of Southwark Trees for Cities  
Wayward Plants      
       

Map of River of Flowers Elephant & Castle

Acknowledgements

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