Festival of Neighbourhood: Wheelbarrow Gardens

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Encouraging a community spirit through volunteer gardening, the Festival of Neighbourhood is transforming the Southbank Centre into a blooming marvel by installing a series of green and floral installations. The Wheelbarrow Gardens is one of the best, and sees 60 barrows wheeled into places along the Festival Terrace, each housing a unique mini garden. With a bit of help from the National Trust, the carts will be flanked by 20 mature fruit trees. Other garden treats include a new shaded area within the already delightful Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden, as well as a herb garden on the Riverside Terrace which will be providing fresh leafy flavour to the chefs at the Royal Festival Hall café. For more information about the Festival of Neighbourhood see www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

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Kate Rushton

The festival transformed South Bank from a concrete jungle to a much more pleasant and greener place. This made my Friday afternoon, after a rather stressful morning in work. 5 stars