Saturday, 30 November 2013

Commuting Gems...The Garden Bridge

A few weeks ago I was reading Time Out magazine on the tube ride home when I was inspired by the latest campaign to have the support of the fabulous Joanna Lumley, The Garden Bridge project.

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The Garden Bridge is set to be London's first green pedestrian walkway stretching across the Thames between Southbank and Covent Garden on the north side of the river. The project has been commissioned by TfL (Transport for London) as part of their vision to create a pedestrian river crossing - the aim is to complete this rural corridor by 2017.

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Thomas Heatherwick is the creative genius behind this verdant proposal. He's the one who designed that spectacular 204 petal Olympic Cauldron for London 2012 and has also designed a new-style 'London bus' some of which hit the streets earlier the same year. He envisages a peaceful and rejuvenating precinct for the nation's capital, one which reflects the beauty of each of the seasons and creates opportunities for commuters to linger and take a breath in the hustle and bustle of their day. 

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Can you imagine what an amazing legacy that would be? I feel quite inspired by such commitment to quality of life and the philosophy of green living.

There's currently a public consultation about the Garden Bridge project which can be found here. So if you feel inspired and have something you'd like to say about it, you have until the 20th December (2013) to register your views.

There's also a rumour that the bridge would feature a Christmas tree during the festive season.

I'm in...where do I sign?
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