Community garden offering planting and agricultural workshops launches at Paddington Central

Paddington Central is delighted to unveil a beautiful new garden created for those who live, work or visit the vibrant London neighbourhood. Proudly sponsored by Wipro Limited and supported by Kingfisher, the Paddington Central Community Garden will engage people of all ages in the health and wellbeing benefits of plants. Wipro Limited is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company headquartered in Bangalore, India.

Launching on 5th April 2021 for Community Garden Week, the green space will host a series of engaging and inspiring workshops by urban farming experts, Square Mile Farms. The workshops will focus on tips for growing fresh produce, at home and in the workplace, and cover a range of topics from how to build your own planters, growing plants from seed, caring for your plants and when to harvest. Complete with seasonal flowers and vegetables, the garden will engage the local community, seeking their involvement in all stages of its progress as it evolves and grows over time.

Commenting on this occasion, Kishan Changlani, CSR Head for UK and Ireland at Wipro Limited said.

We are delighted to support Paddington Central on this community initiative which aligns with our local Wipro Cares charter to support causes in education, ecology and community services. We collaborated   with Square Mile Farms, Willerby Landscaping and Kingfisher on this initiative. It highlights the partnership between local businesses and primary schools to educate students on nature’s lifecycle and the concept of farm to table in a fun and interactive way.

Located on Kingdom Street, the Community Garden will celebrate and serve the local community with regular harvest days hosted by Square Mile Farms. Plants will depend on the season and include herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley) as well as leafy greens such lettuce, kale and chard.

The series of workshops will include:

  • The Basics of Growing at Home: Tips on plant selection, the basics of soil and compost, planter selection, watering and light
  • Sowing: How to sow vegetable and herb seeds, germination and caring for seedlings
  • Planting: How to plant seedlings and transplant mature plants
  • Harvesting: Tips on getting a good harvest and how to prepare plants to be eaten
  • Plants and Your Wellbeing: How plants improve our physical and mental wellbeing and tips on what you can do, at home and at work, to increase your connectivity with nature

Events will begin in May and be continuously updated throughout the year.

The Community Garden will provide visitors the opportunity to grow and harvest food whilst learning about the importance of local food production and healthy eating. As part of its commitment to supporting the community, Paddington Central is delighted to invite local school children from Queen Parks Primary to be the first visitors to the Community Garden. The children will contribute to the building and planting of the vertical farm, as well as participate in educational workshops.

The Paddington Central Community Garden is sponsored by global information technology, consulting and business process services company Wipro Limited, and supported by international home improvement company Kingfisher. Passionate about upskilling the local community, Kingfisher has contributed to the project by providing gardening tools such as trowels, spades, shovels and gloves required for the building and installation of the garden.

Square Mile Farm specialise in creating beautiful spaces that enrich the lives of city dwellers,

through the physical and mental benefits of plants, whilst promoting a more sustainable agricultural system. Co-Founder Patrick Dumas comments: ‘’We’re delighted to be partnering with Paddington Central to launch the Community Garden. Here at Square Mile Farms, we believe change starts with the individual and want to create a new culture of conscientious consumers who are committed to taking small actions so that together we can transform our cities from grey to green.’’

Paddington Central is one of London’s premier destinations to work, live, visit and dine.  With creativity and sustainability at its heart, the neighbourhood is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those who live and work in the area.

To learn more about the Paddington Central Community Garden and to book a workshop, please visit www.paddingtoncentral.com.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Paddington Central

Paddington Central is an 11-acre mixed use campus close to Paddington station in London’s West End. It’s approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Marble Arch and is well served by Paddington station, a major London rail and tube interchange, with excellent connections to Heathrow airport via the newly opened Heathrow Express and Crossrail in 2018. Paddington will be one of only three Crossrail stations in the West End, which will improve connections from the West End to the City and Canary Wharf.

British Land bought a majority ownership of the campus in July 2013 comprising three of the seven buildings and the retail and leisure cluster, totaling 610,000 sq ft along with 350,000 sq ft of consented development. As part of the acquisition British Land also acquired the freehold in respect of 200 residential units sold to St. George on long leases which sit above the retail area. Following the acquisition of One Sheldon Square, British Land owns four buildings and 800,000 sq. ft of space.

Paddington Central has become a thriving community and is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations including Microsoft, Accor, Kingfisher, and Statoil. The office buildings are set amongst two landscaped squares and are situated on the waterside location on the Grand Union Canal, offering an attractive working environment enhanced by a gym, cafes and eateries. www.paddingtoncentral.com

COVID-19 Safety

The safety of our visitors is of paramount importance. All artworks are either sited in external public spaces, or are visible from outside, through façade glazing. 

Please do check Government guidelines in connection with COVID-19 restrictions and visit paddingtoncentral.com to find out more about opening times and facilities for hospitality venues.

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