Townshend Landscape Architects have turned a former street at Angel Lane, London, into a slender green corridor stretching from the City to the River Thames

Angel lane by Townshend Landscape Architects
Angel lane by Townshend Landscape Architects

Completed in May, the space lies between London and Cannon Street bridge, connecting with the river walkway. It features tilting stone and timber benches, and a raised lawn that allows people to sit and enjoy the sun.

High-canopied Birch trees provide a sense of privacy and human scale with the surrounding buildings, while subtle bands of perennially flowering plants, set among evergreen hedge species, sit beneath the shade of multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii and Comus kousa ‘Chinesis’.

Situated on the north side of the Thames, Townshend chose to tie the design in with the theme used in their adjacent One Angel Lane design, which mimics the ebbing tide with a rhythmic series of striated planting beds running parallel to the river.

Townshend landscape architect Rachel Arnold said: “We are very pleased. Angel Lane has a wonderful, tranquil feel about it. The overall effect is like a ribbon of oases running through the urban landscape.”

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