A pop-up forest will appear in the middle of Vauxhall Cross island

Nine Elms grows a Chelsea Fringe

This is among the ways  is among the ways in which  the Nine Elms area, on London’s South Bank is marking this year’s Chelsea Fringe.  Starting on 17 May, Nine Elms events will celebrate its horticultural heritage with a diverse range of local gardening activities, including community growing schemes, walks and tours around the New Covent Garden Flower Market.

An open day will provide a chance for visitors to talk with landscape architect Camlins about the creation of its new linear park – the green ribbon of public realm inspired by New York’s High-Line – which ties together developments in Nine Elms. 

White Rabbit walks will provide ‘a unique theatrical performance that tells a story of heritage and renewal’, while the pop-up forest ‘will act as a metaphor for the greening of the Nine Elms’. Trees will be planted out into the district following the Fringe and London Tree Week.


Green connectivity will also be the focus of The Missing Link, a guided walk explaining innovative greening plans to link the Garden Museum to the Vauxhall Gyratory and on to the new linear park.

Nine Elms is on the south side of Chelsea Bridge, a few hundred metres from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is named after a row of elm trees that bordered the lane in the 17th century. 

This year is the third Chelsea Fringe, which will take place at a host of different venues and settings across London, including Nine Elms. It includes an eclectic mixture of public spectacles, ‘horticultural happenings’ and community celebrations. 


The Chelsea Fringe is all about local people getting together by means of gardening activities and events, explains founder-director Tim Richardson. ‘'The projects planned for Nine Elms are great examples of this. We have found that people like to visit several projects in succession, so having a series of events in close proximity is a great idea.’

Key events are being delivered by Vauxhall One Business Improvement District. ‘Vauxhall is changing fast and urban greening is really important to regeneration,’ says director of public realm and development Chris Law. ‘Vauxhall One BID is proud to work with Nine Elms on the delivery of great green innovations around the district.’

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