Nestled against a striking architectural backdrop the Peninsula Garden features a succession of sculpted green mounds, wildflower banks and London’s newest orchard, alongside a modern amphitheatre inspired by the geometry of the Giant’s Causeway.
The design concept has drawn on the nautical and industrial heritage of the site, exposing the forms of the original mud flats and its distant history as London’s market garden, to give the space a strong sense of place. Visitors to the park will experience a ‘carefully cultivated wild garden’ managed by a resident Head Gardener.
Tom has chosen plants to acknowledge the history of the Peninsula: in the 16th century it was drained grassland, then market garden and orchard. More recently it became industrial land colonised with a mix of natives and urban escapees. There’ll be a flurry of blossom in spring, bee-friendly wildflowers in summer and autumnal fruits, hips and haws.
In addition to the green spaces, the park’s amphitheatre offers a year-round programme for theatre, music, cinema and performance. Linked to Craft London, Stevie Parle’s new restaurant on the Peninsula, the park’s Market Garden will supply produce for the kitchens as well as space for Parle and his team to grow and experiment with rare ingredients close to the site.