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‘Energy Gardens’ at Overground stations are generating their own power

Alexandra Sims

It’s tricky for a city like London to clean up its act, but little ideas can lead to big changes. The Energy Garden project is helping to set up multitasking gardens at Overground stations, which will generate onsite renewable energy

Gardens at Overground stations? How does that work? 

These are ‘Energy Gardens’, and they are transforming 50 London Overground stations into spaces where local people can grow food while generating clean energy.  

These gardens are unique to London, right?

Yup! Repowering London, Groundwork London and TfL, who are behind the initiative, say this is the first community project in the world to combine energy and gardening.

How does it work?

Communities can design the gardens according to their needs. At Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station, for instance, there are beehives. At Brondesbury Park there are vegetables and Willesden Junction has hedgerows filtering air and noise pollution.

So where does the green energy come in? 

Solar panels with a combined capacity of two megawatts will be installed on the sites. The idea is that the income generated from selling the energy will help support the maintenance of the gardens. 

Can I get involved?

Yes, volunteers are welcome to help manage the gardens. Alternatively, you can nominate a station for the green treatment.

Illustrations: Dan Woodger

Find out more here.

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